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Chelsea Barracks scheme recommended for planning

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The reworked 5.2 hectare masterplan for Chelsea Barracks in West London by Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates has been recommended for planning by Westminster Council

The £3 billion scheme is now set to go before the council’s planning committee, almost two years after Richard Rogers’ controversial scheme for the site was withdrawn by developer Qatari Diar following intervention by the Prince of Wales.

Designed in consultation with the Princes Foundation, the new Chelsea Barracks vision is planned around a central avenue with traditionally-planned ‘London squares’. The project features 2 hectares of public space plus allotments.

The latest, revised version of the scheme features 448 residences including 123 affordable homes.

A Grade II-listed Garrison Chapel on the site will be conserved and adapted to create for ‘community use’.

If approved, the outline application will be referred to London mayor Boris Johnson for approval.

Previous story (03.12.10)

Revised Chelsea Barracks scheme submitted for planning

[FIRST LOOK] Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates’ redrawn masterplan for the redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks in west London has been submitted for planning

Seventeen months after Richard Rogers’ scheme for the 5.2 hectare site was scrapped, developer Qatari Diar has submitted a formal planning application for its revised masterplan to Westminster Council.

The practices earlier this year were appointed to replace Rogers’ £3 billion design which was shelved the previous summer following intervention by the Prince of Wales.

The new scheme is designed around a central avenue with traditionally-planned ‘London squares’. The project features 2 hectares of public space plus allotments.

One third of the total maximum of 363 residential units on site will be affordable, while further social housing will be built elsewhere within the London borough.

A historic Garrison Chapel building on the site will be conserved and adapted to create a ‘multi-purpose community and cultural centre’.

The application contains a design code (see below) which is planned to ensure delivery of the ‘overall vision and sustainable integrity’ of the masterplan.  Details of individual building’s design are expected to be revealed at a later stage.

A Qatari Diar spokesman said: ‘After more than a year of rigorous public consultation we are delighted to be submitting our outline planning application to Westminster City Council today.

‘The sensitive regeneration of this site will deliver an authentic and sustainable new neighbourhood for London, reflecting the traditions, culture and diversity of this historic area of the Capital, and providing both public and private spaces to be enjoyed for many generations to come.

‘Qatari Diar has a long-term commitment to London and, in particular, to the redevelopment and management of this site, despite very challenging current economic conditions. We would like to thank all those who have contributed so much to the creation of this Masterplan, and we look forward to working closely with both Westminster City Council and the local community as the planning application is progressed.’


The new Chelsea Barracks ‘design code’

The design code is planned to guide the design of Chelsea Barracks’ future phases, ensuring key principles of the masterplan are respected and included in the implementation of its detailed design. It is divided into two parts - the ‘design vision’ and the ‘design guidelines’.

The design vision is submitted for illustrative purposes only and sets out the ‘rationale’ for the masterplan and the structure of the overall proposals. The document is intended to ‘inform’ the application and is also intended as a manual for architects and design teams designing buildings on the site.

The design guidelines take a more technical approach to the elements of the masterplan, describing aspects of its geometry that are fixed as part of the hybrid application and those that are flexible and will be the subject of reserved matters applications in due course. The guidelines have been prepared with understanding that a planning condition or conditions will be imposed on the outline planning permission requiring the details of all reserved matters submitted to be in accordance with the guidelines document.

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