Howick client EOS Facades was contracted to undertake work on the pioneering new development The Ram Quarter in the heart of Wandsworth, London. The Ram Quarter’s 5,574m2 of retail and leisure space will create a new residential community complete with shops, restaurants, a craft brewery and 650 exclusive loft-style apartments.
Set to become a cultural destination for South East London, the Ram Quarter is a development that’s simultaneously modern yet respectful to the history of its location. The project sensitively integrates the Young’s Brewery site - where beer has been brewed since 1581 – along with other historical Grade II buildings to provide accommodation for boutiques, restaurants, a craft brewery, and a brewery museum.
With around 15,000m2 of steel framing systems (SFS) infill walling and 280m2 load-bearing steel systems required for the development, Howick client EOS Facades was tasked with designing, manufacturing and supplying a suitable range of steel framing systems. Due to the challenging nature of the project, it was crucial these systems could be designed and supplied ready for easy onsite installation.
“Because Howick machines are conversant with the BIM legislation in the UK, EOS were able to convert BIM modelling to IFC/CSV files and electronically “fly by wire” to the factory machines without having to create 2D drawings. This was both a cost and a time saver.” EOS Facades
From SFS infill for the new high-rise concrete framed blocks, to a bespoke load-bearing system of internal pods within the listed brewery house – EOS Facades needed to develop reliable systems to meet the exacting project requirements. The EOS Facades team opted to use the Howick H560™ machine for general façade, and the Howick FRAMA™ 7800 for high bays and panels for LBS pods in the building.
This combination allowed them to deliver pre-assembled, accurate and quality-controlled product directly to site. The material was supplied pre-assembled and colour coded by floor, grouped and individually labelled by level and elevation; issued with key opening components preassembled offsite; with all studs pre-cut to size.
With the scheme due for completion, the site has emerged from the ground right on schedule - in part due to maximising innovative offsite technologies using Howick’s H560™ and FRAMA™ 7800 machine.
“Howick machinery allowed EOS to pre-measure and pre-cut the system so that it was essentially an engineered product going to site. This facilitated less waste, less cost, less site cutting and less noise - and was quicker to install.” EOS Facades.