[FIRST LOOK] The replacement masterplan for Richard Rogers’ doomed Chelsea Barracks proposals have been unveiled today
Drawn up by Dixon Jones, Squire & Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates, the residential-led ‘masterplan concept’ for the key 12.8 acre London site has been designed to ’link seamlessly into the surrounding community’.
According to developer and landowner the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, the ‘non-gated’ scheme will feature ‘streets, squares and gardens’ and includes a mix of flats and houses as well as shops, community facilities, a boutique hotel, a community sports facility and a medical centre.
Previous plans by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were controversially dropped last June following the highly-publicised ‘intervention’ from Prince Charles.
Qatari Diar has promised to work closely with the local community on the new project and has already presented the initial masterplan concept for the development to both the Residents’ Liaison Group and Community Liaison Group.
A Qatari Diar spokesperson said:’ Extensive public consultation has been central to developing a concept that we believe will be an authentic London landscape yet forward looking in character, capable of adapting over time and therefore truly sustainable.
‘Thousands of local people have been involved in an extensive consultation process that has been carried out over the past seven months. This includes regular meetings with specially formed Community and Residents’ Liaison Groups which, between them, represent the interests of over 6,000 local residents, and many local businesses, schools, community services and amenity groups.’
Despite English Heritage’s failed attempts to list the 1863 garrison chapel at the heart of the barracks site (AJ 29.11.09), the building could yet be retained ‘subject to further public consultation and an appropriate and viable use being identified’.
The developer has also stated that a ‘variety of architects’ will be brought in to work on the project which will be developed in a series of phases.
An outline masterplan will be submitted to Westminster City Council later this year.
Design statement from Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates:
‘We have designed a masterplan that is intended to realise the potential of this historic and important site and ensures that it sits in harmony with its surroundings. We’ve listened to the views of the local people and reflected them in a proposal which will create a special place of houses, apartments, squares, streets and gardens that we feel will be in character with, and will be a recognised part of London.’