Turning a listed building into apartments

Turning a listed building into apartments comes at a great expense and with great challenges. It can be one hurdle too many for some developers. But our experts have been involved in a number of projects where this has been completed successfully and promptly – to a high standard.

The experience of restoring and refurbishing a historic building into a contemporary living space focuses on appreciating the small detail and drawing attention to it while also updating it.

The site

An example of a successful restoration project where we have helped turn a listed building into apartments is the Ram Quarter in Wandsworth.

Greenland Group worked on a complex of 11 Grade II and II* listed buildings dating from between 1720 and 1880 and incorporated ten newly built residential blocks into the development.

The site itself is the oldest continuously operating brewery in Britain with brewing operations there since 1512 – the former Ram brewery and other buildings on the historic site were refurbished and conserved alongside the contemporary construction to create the Ram Quarter masterplan.

Now residents in the 338 apartments benefit from 35 commercial units, a microbrewery, a heritage centre and a private residents’ garden – with the River Wandle flowing through the scheme.

The project

The 4.5 acres site was designed to be a series of interlinked public urban spaces and the homes are three bedroom loft-style apartments with a 24-hour concierge service.

And this is just phase one. It is the first of a three-phased scheme that will contain more than 650 apartments across a site of just over 8 acres.

Contractor Ardmore Construction worked with architect EPR Architects on the project.

The work

For an idea of just how much work goes into turning a listed building into apartments, our experts spent 20 weeks solely on the lath and plaster work at the site.

We provided plaster restoration and repairs to two of the heritage properties known as “the brewer’s house” and “the brewer’s house extension”.

The aim was to ensure we replicated the historic aspect of the site to the highest standards and to do that we replaced lath and plaster ceilings, created new lime plaster walls and renewed cornices to match the existing designs.

Both buildings received restoration work in keeping with their listed status, which meant the ceilings received new timber laths, and lime plaster applied in three coats.

Specified walls also received new applications of three-coat lime plaster.

In order to match new cornice to the original period designs, a site squeeze was taken from each room to capture the pattern, enabling new moulds to be created in the Artisan workshop.

The outcome

These properties are now 14 high quality apartments in the listed brewery complex.

In total we repaired approximately 180sqm of ceilings and 130sqm of walls with new material, with further patch repairs to lime plaster walls totalling 600sqm.

The newly manufactured cornice was fitted and decorated to match the new walls and ceilings – which has given an overall impression of historic grandeur in a contemporary space.

The Ram Quarter has previously won the Chartered Association of Building Engineers Preservation and Conservation Award in 2019 and was named Best Mixed Use Development of the Year at the British Homes Awards 2021.


If you are in need of lath and plaster or traditional three-coat lime plasterwork in order to restore your property, contact our team today. We will be glad to speak with you about the process and materials we recommend for your application. We will also be happy to offer you a quote for the work required to complete your conversion or restoration project.



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