Chelsea Barracks Masterplan

Qatari Diar


Joint masterplanners: Dixon Jones, Kim Wilkie

Planning consented June 2011

Squire and Partners, with Dixon Jones and landscape designer Kim Wilkie, were selected by Qatari Diar to masterplan the former Chelsea Barracks, following a rigorous selection process. Submitted for planning in December 2010, the masterplan creates a design framework for the 12.8 acre site, including sustainable land use mix and public realm. Qatari Diar expect the development to deliver a world-class, sustainable residential led mixed-use development that enhances the setting, heritage and context of this historic area of London. The former barracks presents an opportunity to create a green environment that connects with existing communities.

The key aspirations identified by the masterplan team - some of which were also identified during the public consultation process - include a permeable layout of streets and spaces, diversity of scale and character, balance between building height, footprint and viability, recognition of the historic axis of Ranelagh Grove, and the creation of views of St Barnabas' spire.

The masterplan is intended to create a variety of streets and spaces accommodating a mix of uses and activities, which will seamlessly connect this area of London to the existing urban pattern. The publicly accessible open space combined with community and cultural activities will create a piece of London rather than an isolated housing estate.

The hybrid planning submission is for a maximum of almost 145,000 sq m of residential area including private, affordable, extra-care and intermediate housing. Other uses include retail, a community sports centre, a Primary Health Care facility and the retained Garrison Chapel building.

The proposed masterplan was considered by the Westminster City Council planning committee on 20 June 2011 and was consented pending signing of the S106 agreement.