The RAM Brewery is an extensive redevelopment of an historic site at the heart of Wandsworth town centre, southwest London. TDS are delighted to be designing the steelwork fundamental to many of the project’s structures. Thought to be Britain’s oldest site of continuous brewing, the new development will still house a microbrewery and brewing museum alongside 650 new residential apartments, leisure facilities and a 200 space car park.
The architectural plans demanded we create solutions such as long spanning, double and triple span portal frames to sit top of RC frames for residential and commercial buildings, as well as the complex’s car park. In particular Building 10 required a complex dual level roof steelwork, comprising a lower level conventional portal frame with hipped end and an intricate high level frame with a constant roof pitch, widening eaves and a rising apex as the building lengthens.
Building 2, at the centre of the development, provided the biggest detailing challenge due to its shallow roof pitch and its multiple non-45º hip ends. But it’s just the sort of challenge our specialist Structural Steelwork CAD team welcome. Using Tekla Structures software and their expertise in BIM they created data-rich 3D models that could be shared across disciplines by contractors, steel detailers / fabricators and concrete details / manufacturers.
For us at TDS it’s another great example of how we can combine BIM technology with our know-how to eliminate waste, increase productivity and aide collaboration across every level of the project. We can all raise a glass to that.
Image from The RAM Quarter