CABE Criticises Ram Brewery’s Revised Design

22 October 2009 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2009 18:30)

The UK's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has criticised the revised design proposal for two towers to be built at the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth, London. The UK design firm, EPR Architects, plans to build 32 and 42-storey towers for Minerva, a UK-based r

The UK's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has criticised the revised design proposal for two towers to be built at the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth, London.

The UK design firm, EPR Architects, plans to build 32 and 42-storey towers for Minerva, a UK-based real estate company.

Several inconsistencies such as sweeping gestures at the tops of the towers, alternate grouping of floors in the buildings, and compact residential lobbies with relocated entrances weaken the towers connection to the ground.

The initial design was slammed by the authority, but neither did the revised design satisfy CABE, which in turn asked for a borough-wide tall-buildings strategy to be used.

CABE is asking Wandsworth Council to refuse planning permission for the project, however, the original scheme was earlier approved by the council.

A public inquiry is expected to begin in November 2009.