Qatari Diar Introduces Chelsea Barracks Master Plan

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company has unveiled its initial “masterplan concept” for the redevelopment of London’s 12.8-acre Chelsea Barracks site.

The company met various community and resident groups last week for the first of a series of local meetings and consultation exercises.

Qatari Diar said the Dixon Jones, Squire & Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates-designed masterplan concept showed the “setting and environment being proposed for the development, including the sustainable land use mix and public realm elements, ahead of detailed design architecture for the buildings”.

The concept is predominantly residential with a mix of houses and apartment buildings, as well as local shops and community facilities.

It will also include a boutique hotel, a community sports facility and a medical centre as well as public art

It is expected that the Masterplan will be submitted to Westminster City Council as an outline planning application later this year, following further public consultation in the coming months.

Subsequently, a detailed planning application for the first phase will be prepared.

A Qatari Diar spokesperson said: “Qatari Diar has a long-term commitment to major investment at this site in order to create a sustainable new neighbourhood for London, delivering both private and public spaces where people will want to be.

“An enormous amount of work has gone into this Masterplan Concept, which will lead to a development of which London can be truly proud, and which will reflect the traditions, culture and diversity of its surroundings within this historic area of the capital.”

Christian Candy’s CPC has lodged a High Court claiming breach contract after initial plans for a £3bn Chelsea Barracks housing scheme designed by Lord Rogers which it had been developing with Qatari Diar were dropped. Moreover, CPC claims that the Prince of Wale’s intervention was the primary reason for Qatari Diar Real Estate Investments to withdraw the planning application and wants the court to rule that the withdrawal was in breach of a contract.