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Final phase of £1bn Chelsea Barracks scheme submitted

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Qatari Diar has lodged plans for the final phase of its £1 billion Chelsea Barracks development designed by Squire & Partners and Piercy & Company  

The phase, 6b, has been submitted to Westminster Council and contains the affordable housing component of the scheme for the former Ministry of Defence site. 

It includes four new blocks along Ebury Bridge Road by Squire & Partners comprising 126 extra-care and affordable housing units, a public sports centre and new shops on the ground levels.

It also incorporates a two-storey NHS medical centre, designed by Piercy & Company, at the northern corner of the site.

The overall project, masterplanned by Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates, will deliver more than 440 homes at the former Belgravia barracks, described by the developer as ’the most coveted 12.8 acres [5ha] in the world’.

The project’s first three phases on the site, being built by Mace, are nearing completion, and work looks set to start on Phase 4, designed by Eric Parry.

The development’s original architect, Rogers Stirk Harbour, was famously thrown off the job to overhaul the barracks in 2009 following an intervention by Prince Charles.

The latest round of plans comes as Westminster Council signed off on proposals by Arup to demolish the 1930s Ebury Estate, located just across the road from the Chelsea Barracks scheme. 

The plans, voted through earlier this week, will see 13 existing buildings on the estate bulldozed and replaced with 750 new flats.  

An earlier approved scheme, developed by HTA design and backed by residents in a ballot, was abandoned after the council said the proposals were not ‘attractive to developers’. 

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  • Well, perhaps we need more well designed “background” architecture in Chelsea and London, and it will obviously sell in this location. It’s a shame that it has inadvertently enhanced the reputation of Chas Windsor, King of the Nimbies. And it has encouraged the rank and file Nimbies too, and their Queen Barbara. At least the Queen is qualified? But, on the other hand, as Corb said, “life is right, the architect is wrong” One or 2 recent local examples spring to mind? With tragic consequences.

    There’s no doubt that we haven’t managed to find an economic, flexible or inspirational vernacular for our times. The Georgians, Victorians and Pre war builders did. Perhaps we are not looking, and our society is too diverse to evolve a pattern book? Or perhaps we’ve discovered it by accident, illustrated by these flats in Chelsea that you see everywhere now?

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  • Phil Parker

    This is dull, faceless architecture of the lowest order. Does nothing for the place it’s located in. It’s a series of trite packed envelopes that devalues the profession.

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