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September 19, 2013
Chelsea Barracks Construction Works to Commence as Early as November
Westminster Residents close by to the planned Chelsea Barracks scheme have been advised that construction works could start as soon as November this year on the site. There is no estimated completion date however and various planning permissions are still required with further consultation.
The scheme which is backed by a subsidiary of Qatari Diar, a property development company wholly owned by the Qatari royal family, made headlines in late 2010 as Prince Charles controversially objected to the Lord Rogers scheme. Prince Charles had favoured an “old-fashioned” scheme with an aesthetic like the buildings in “Bath or 18th-century Edinburgh” in opposition to the modern scheme proposed by Lord Rogers’s leading architectural practice. The announcement of start of works follows numerous other stalls in progress for the works also including the resignation of Chief Executive of Qatari Diar John Wallace earlier this year.
Master Plan Proposal
The Chelsea Barracks site is a 12.8 acre brownfield area which has been closed to the public for more than 150 years as it was previously in use and occupation by the British Army. The proposed development will include an entire new residential neighbourhood between Belgravia, Chelsea and Pimlico, landscaped and complete with retail, restaurants and public services including sports faciliites, a culture centre and a medical centre.