Nordic Copper skyline crowns the new Ram Quarter

The new Ram Quarter mixed-use development at the heart of the London Borough of Wandsworth is highlighted by its rooftop cladding of Nordic Green Living 1 pre-patinated copper, reflecting the site’s industrial heritage.

The site was formerly home to the Young’s brewery and its regeneration has encompassed the restoration of historic buildings alongside the construction of stunning new-build apartments. Greenland Group UK, the developer of Ram Quarter, was keen that the site’s material specification should help to reflect the history of the site and deliver high-quality design and long-term durability.

EPR Architects, the appointed architectural practice for the scheme, was tasked with ensuring that the development design complemented both the industrial character of the site and its transformation into a residential neighbourhood.

Inspired by old copper brewing vessels, the architects decided to clad the upper two floors of the tallest residential buildings in Nordic Green Living 1 copper. Adjacent to the old brewery complex, a playful vertical expression was added to one of the new buildings – a nod to the industrial vats that were once housed on the site – raised from the ground, with softer rounded corners and vertically-ribbed profiled Nordic Green copper cladding.

In addition to Nordic Green, extensive Nordic Blue and Nordic Turquoise ranges have been developed. All these surfaces form an integral part of the copper and are not coatings or paint, and ongoing changes will continue over time depending on the local environment. As well as the solid patina colours, ‘living’ surfaces provide various intensities of patina flecks revealing some of the dark oxidised background material.

Other Nordic Copper ranges from Aurubis include Nordic Standard ‘mill finish’ and Nordic Brown pre-oxidised copper, offering lighter or darker shades of brown determined by the thickness of the oxide layer. A wide choice of Nordic Decor mechanically applied surface treatments is also available. Nordic Copper alloys include Nordic Brass – which can also be supplied pre-weathered – Nordic Bronze and the innovative Nordic Royal, an alloy of copper with aluminium and zinc, enjoying a rich golden through-colour which remains very stable.

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