The UK lockdown has failed to dampen occupier appetite for space at Ram Quarter in Wandsworth, southwest London, where Greenland has added four new operators to the site’s existing line-up. Greenland has exchanged deals for just under 20,000 sq.ft at its redevelopment of the former Young’s brewery as a new leisure, workplace and residential quarter with 713 new homes.
Visa and consular services business TLScontact is relocating its London operations to Ram Quarter, taking 16,000 sq.ft of office space along Ram Quarter’s main boulevard which connects Wandsworth High Street to Wandsworth Town station. Ram Quarter will also house TLScontact’s Visa Application Centre for the French, Swiss and Belgian governments.
Three further deals are adding to Ram Quarter’s expanding retail and leisure mix as Greenland establishes a new heart for Wandsworth town centre. Schooner – a specialist craft beer bar also serving wines, spirits and a small plates menu – has taken a 20-year lease for a 1,500 sq.ft unit on the riverside terrace on the bank of the River Wandle. Also new to the riverfront will be the 1,050 sq.ft Mai Thai Deli, a successful family-owned business now adding a second restaurant to its portfolio to bring a flavour of traditional southeast Asian cuisine to Wandsworth. And the fourth new occupier to join Ram Quarter is luxurious men’s barber Dapper Fox, which takes an indulgent approach to grooming, offering whisky and beer as part of the experience. Established in Hampton Wick, Dapper Fox has built a strong loyal following and is now opening its second outlet within Ram Quarter's renovated Grade-II listed brewery buildings.
The growing offer at Ram Quarter follows a series of openings earlier this year, including fine dining restaurant London Stock, a second outlet for local independent café Story Coffee, nursery Kido School, Backyard Cinema, and MoreYoga. In addition, independent brewer Sambrook’s and bowling operator Strike are both due to open later this year.
This next stage of the Ram Quarter development has been unlocked thanks to Greenland’s recent successful planning application to open a wider range of uses across the site. Permission was granted by Wandsworth Council during the lockdown – the council’s first planning decision to be made by virtual committee.
Chris Daly, Deputy Director – Commercial at Greenland (UK), said: “Greenland set out to create a genuinely mixed development at Ram Quarter and this latest tranche of deals makes that vision a reality, supporting the distinct consumer offer and balance of day- and night-time uses needed to create a modern, thriving mixed-use scheme. It’s this compelling mix coupled with Ram Quarter’s prime location that has continued to attract occupiers. We are excited by the independent operators coming in – Schooner, Mai Thai Deli and Dapper Fox are shaking up and setting the standards for their respective fields, and are the perfect fit with the brands that have already opened on site.”