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Richard Rogers wins vast Paris project

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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.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' Bercy Charenton scheme: Paris transport and utility armatures

Source: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Bercy Charenton scheme: Paris transport and utility armatures

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’.

Earlier this week, Qatari Diar revealed an updated version of its masterplan for Chelsea Barracks by Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates.

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/UrbanistsRogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Collaborating Architects/UrbanistsAteliers Jean Nouvel /TVK (Trévelo & Viger-Kohler)
Transport & Urbanism ConsultantsAREP Villes
Landscape ArchitectsMichel Desvigne
Transport//Engineering/Infrastrusture ConsultantsIngérop
Environmental Engineers Franck Boutté Consultants
Structural EngineersRFR
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