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Candy brothers deny split from Rogers Stirk Harbour's Chelsea Barracks

Developers the Candy brothers have told the AJ ‘there is no truth’ in reports that the Qatari ruling family, a joint-venture partner on the £1 billion Chelsea Barracks development, wants to take full control of the project.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, Qatari Diar Real Estate wants to seize the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' (AHMM) designed-scheme from the Candys, leaving them as ‘marketing managers and interior designers’.

It has been alleged that the Qataris have been unhappy with the progress of the controversial scheme, a 5ha luxury apartment development.

Speaking on behalf of Project Blue, the owner of the Chelsea Barracks site, Christian Candy said: 'Nothing has changed – the former Chelsea Barracks site is 100 per cent under the ownership of a joint venture between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and CPC Group (Project Blue Guernsey Limited).

'Both parties are together, fully committed to delivering a high-quality, world-class residential scheme. Candy and Candy remain the appointed development manager and interior designer for the Chelsea Barracks project.'

The rumours come just days after the RSHP and AHMM proposals for the former Ministry of Defence site received a lukewarm response from Westminster City Council’s planning steering committee.

One councillor said the scheme must be careful not ‘overpower’ nearby homes ‘by blocking their light and views through their height and bulk' (AJ online 05.09.08).

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