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Rogers reunites with Candy brothers for Chelsea barracks revamp

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has been announced as lead architect on the redevelopment of the Chelsea barracks site, bought yesterday by a consortium involving the Candy brothers.

The consortium, called Project Blue, is being led by Qatari Diar - a property investor from Qatar - and CPC Group, a Guernsey-based investment company run by Christian Candy.

The barracks has been sold by Defence Estates for an estimated £600 million, and will see the central London site developed into 1,500 new homes, making it one of the most valuable developments in the capital.

Originally built to house two battalions of troops, the barracks are now home to the Public Duties and State Ceremonial personnel.

The scheme will prove a massive opportunity for both Rogers and the Candy brothers, who saw off some impressive bids - including a team featuring architect Michel Mossessian - to land the prize project.

It will be the second time that Rogers will work with the Candy brothers: the recent Pritzker Prize winner designed One Hyde Park - currently London's most expensive flats - which the brothers are building through their other development company, Candy & Candy.

Qatari Diar chief executive Nasser Al-Ansari said: 'We are delighted to lead the consortium which has purchased this site. This project is very important to us as it represents our first major investment in Europe.'

by Richard Vaughan

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