Barracks was a
British Army barracks located in the City of
Westminster, 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 the
Qatar Investment Authority
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).
2 Development of the site
2.1 2007 sale
2.2 2009 withdrawal
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
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
Barracks at 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, 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
Squire & Partners, consists of 68 apartments across three
eight-storey blocks and includes five new garden squares.
Barracks chapel will not be listed but will survive".
Evening Standard. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
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30 March 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
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Retrieved 11 September 2016.
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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.
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 Chelsea
Barracks – Prince Charles and Richard Rogers". Glass Magazine.
Archived from the original on 2009-08-29. Retrieved
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^ "Squire and Partners, Dixon Jones score Chelsea
Building Design. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
^ Developers withdraw barracks plan, BBC News, 12 June 2009
^ Prince Charles 'voiced local views' on Chelsea Barracks, BBC News,
29 June 2010
^ Candy brothers win Chelsea
Barracks case, Building.co.uk, 25 June
Barracks Development Exhibition" (PDF). Retrieved 11
Draft Planning Brief for Chelsea Barracks, SW1