CHELSEA BARRACKS was a
British Army barracks located in the City of
London , adjacent to Chelsea and
Belgravia , on Chelsea
Bridge Road . Today, Chelsea barracks is owned by Project Blue Ltd and
is the flagship
London development of
Qatari Diar , a subsidiary of
Qatar Investment Authority
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) .
* 1 History
* 2 Development of the site
* 2.1 2007 sale
* 2.2 2009 withdrawal
* 2.3 2014
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Lorries of a mobile recruiting team lined up at Chelsea Barracks
during the Second World War The 1960s tower blocks at Chelsea
Barracks just before demolition in 2008 Chelsea Barracks,
Stanford's Map Of Central
The original barracks were designed by George Morgan to house two
battalions of infantry and were completed in 1862. These barracks
were a long and monotonous brick structure broken by towers in the
centre. The original arrangement included a chapel which survives,
the interior of which includes pictures of King
David , the Prophet
Joshua , Saint John and Saint James as well as some panels listing the
names of soldiers who have been killed in action. It is now a Grade
II listed building .
The original buildings, excluding the chapel, were demolished and, in
June 1960, construction started on two 13-storey concrete tower blocks
which were designed by Tripe and Wakeham and completed in 1962. The
tower blocks were used to accommodate four companies from the Guards
Regiments. A nail-bomb attack on the barracks by the Provisional
Irish Republican Army in September 1981 killed two civilians.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE
On 6 September 2005
Secretary of State for Defence , John Reid ,
announced that Chelsea
Barracks would be sold. He described it as
needing extensive renovations. The site was vacated in 2008 with the
troops transferred to the Royal Artillery
Woolwich . The
site was part of the Ministry of Defence 's
Project MoDEL that saw it
and five other sites across
London sold off, mainly for housing.
Westminster City Council
Westminster City Council published its draft planning brief for the
Barracks site in September 2006. It included a commitment to
develop 50% of the site with affordable housing. A Community Forum was
established by local residents in April 2006 with the support of
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, John Hutton MP, to campaign
for greater transparency in the sale of the barracks site and for the
50% affordable homes commitment to be realised.
The barracks is in one of London's most expensive residential areas
and was originally expected to sell for £250m. In April 2007 the
Ministry of Defence agreed to sell Chelsea
Barracks in its 12.8 acres
(5.2 ha) site for £959 million to a consortium consisting of Qatari
Diar and the CPC Group . On 1 February 2008, the Joint Venture took
possession of the site. Subsequently CPC’s interest in the Joint
Venture company, Project Blue Ltd, was acquired by
Qatari Diar which
now owns 100% of the site. Different design proposals for development
of the site have been put forward by
Richard Rogers and by Charles,
Prince of Wales .
Squire and Partners
Squire and Partners , with Dixon Jones and
landscape designer Kim Wilkie, were selected by
Qatari Diar to create
a master plan for Chelsea Barracks.
In early June 2009, the developers,
Qatari Diar withdrew their plan
to build 552 flats in 17 blocks. In May 2010 some of the developers
made an £81m claim at the High Court, blaming Prince Charles for the
withdrawal of a planning application. The claim was later reduced to
£68m. The High Court ruled that
Qatari Diar breached a contract with
developers CPC Group, when it withdrew Richard Rogers' Chelsea
Barracks scheme. The High Court handed a partial victory to property
development firm CPC Group, who demanded compensation after plans to
redevelop London's Chelsea
Barracks were shelved. Christian and Nick
Candy blamed an intervention by Prince Charles for giving their
partners, Qatari Diar, cold feet.
Westminster Council granted detailed planning consent for the first
phase of the scheme in May 2014. The phase, designed by architects
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* ^ "Chelsea
Barracks chapel will not be listed but will survive".
Evening Standard. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
* ^ "Military Life in 1900 London: Barracks". Imperial London.
Archived from the original on 20 November 2005. Retrieved 21 August
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* ^ "Listing protects Guards Chapel in £3bn Chelsea Barracks
scheme". 30 March 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
* ^ "Guards\' Chapel at former Chelsea Barracks". English Heritage.
Retrieved 11 September 2016.
* ^ "Chelsea Barracks, London: the officers\' mess at the
north-west corner of the site". RIBA. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
* ^ "
Barracks sell for record amount". BBC News. 31 January 2008.
Retrieved 21 August 2012.
* ^ "\'May have hit wrong target\' say Guards". 16 October 1981.
Retrieved 21 August 2012.
* ^ A B "Chelsea
Barracks to be sold off". BBC. 6 September 2005.
Retrieved 1 April 2014.
* ^ "Chelsea
Barracks Community Forum". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
* ^ Judith Heywood (2008-02-01). "Record £959m buys Chelsea
Barracks for developers". Times Online. London. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
* ^ Angus Laurie and Mariana Leguia (2009-08-16). "The case of
Barracks – Prince Char