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Chelsea Barracks owner stands by Rogers' scheme

The owner of the contentious Chelsea Barracks site has issued a statement today (1 May) giving its total backing to the Richard Rogers-design scheme

Project Blue (Guernsey), the owner and developer of the Chelsea Barracks scheme, said in a statement it was ‘concerned’ over recent media reports that have stated or implied that it is considering abandoning the plans by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

‘As a direct consequence of these reports, PBGL has written to Westminster City Council confirming its wholehearted commitment to the scheme,’ the statement said.

Qatari Diar, the property development arm of the Qatar government, holds a majority stake in PBGL.

On 6 April, the AJ reported that Prince Charles had privately written to Qatari Diar stressing his unhappiness with the scheme and suggested alternative plans by his favoured classicist architect, Quinlan Terry.

This was followed on 25 April by a number of architects, including Norman Foster, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, writing to the Sunday Times to criticise the Prince of Wales for trying to interfere with the democratic process, by using his royal connections to stop modernist plans for the site.

The letter states: ‘It is essential in a modern democracy that private comments and behind-the-scenes lobbying by the prince should not be used to skew the course of an open and democratic planning process that is under way.’

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