Richard Rogers has landed a huge masterplanning job in Paris, just days after a High Court ruling over his scrapped Chelsea Barracks scheme
Last week, Mr Justice Vos ruled that developer Qatari Diar had breached a contract with its partner, CPC Group, when it ditched Rogers’ design after Prince Charles stepped in. The judge said: ‘[The developers] were faced with a very difficult position once the Prince of Wales intervened in the planning process.’
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, however, had cause to celebrate on Monday (28 June) after it bagged a major masterplan in Bercy Charenton with Jean Nouvel ahead of 22 other teams including a team led by Dominique Perrault (see attached document).
Ten times the size of Chelsea Barracks, the 63ha plot between the Gare de Lyon rail artery and the city ring road – Paris’ last major brownfield site – will house 5,000 homes and 500,000m² of office space.
Stephen Barrett, project architect at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, said: ‘The site has been described by a number of developers as impossible. But this is absolutely a real project… and will create a density equal to that existing in central Paris.’
He added: ‘We are looking at a more cautious approach than just building over all the infrastructure – it will be incremental and flexible. Last week Richard himself said the fixed masterplan was dead.’
To see RSH+P’s full presentation click here.
Source: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
The Chelsea Barracks case has helped revive the classicism versus modernism debate. Francis Terry of Quinlan & Francis Terry, which proposed an alternative classical scheme for the site, said: ‘Prince Charles’ views chime with a lot of people. He was on to a lot of things before the rest of us.’
But Ian Ritchie, director of Ian Ritchie Architects, described Prince Charles’ interference as ‘clearly distasteful’.
Mixed-use structures on the Ebury Bridge Road side have been set back and reduced in height by up to two storeys, while a hotel close to Holbein Place is now one storey shorter and further set back.
Full team on Bercy Charenton
|Lead Architects/Urbanists||Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners|
|Collaborating Architects/Urbanists||Ateliers Jean Nouvel /TVK (Trévelo & Viger-Kohler)|
|Transport & Urbanism Consultants||AREP Villes|
|Landscape Architects||Michel Desvigne|
|Environmental Engineers||Franck Boutté Consultants|