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Heatherwick to landscape redesigned Chelsea Barracks

Thomas Heatherwick will landscape the new Chelsea Barracks complex, which has had a substantial overhaul in response to local concerns

The developers of the £1-billion West London development – a joint venture between a company owned by one of the Candy brothers and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company – have made a number of design changes following comments by CABE and local residents.

Seven of the housing blocks, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, have been remodelled and another entirely removed. This means the total number of residential units has fallen from 638 to 552. As before, half of these will be affordable homes.

The scheme has been moved a metre or so further from the Chelsea Bridge Road to preserve a row of protected trees and a local health centre introduced to one of the blocks.

The publicly accessible space on site has more than tripled to 2.5ha and, following comments from CABE, will be used to commemorate the military history of the site.

These areas will be modelled by Thomas Heatherwick, the designer famed for his ill-fated B of the Bang statue in Manchester, in collaboration with EDCO Design London.

Under the current plans, a former chapel that English Heritage is trying to list may have to be destroyed.

The developers say the plans will be resubmitted to Westminster City Council shortly.

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