Recent Event Highlights: Prince Charles' letter emerges, Candy brothers demand £68.5m from Qatari Diar, Legal action taken against Qatari Diar, It is announced that The Princes Foundation for the Built Environment will work with Project Blue on a no-fee basis to advise on choice of planners, Lord Rogers accuses Prince Charles of 'an abuse of power' and claims that he 'single-handedly destroyed the project' and acted in an 'unconstitutional way', Project Blue drop planning application, and 3 more...
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The letter from Prince Charles to the Qatari royal family has emerged. The Times publish an article on its content, and the letter is expected to be used in impending court cases.
Squire & Partners, Dixon Jones and landscape architects Kim Wilkie Associates. Initial masterplan proposals were submitted in September, and were judged by a panel including representatives from the Prince's Foundation, Peter Stewart (the former design review head of CABE) and Peter Murray (New London Architecture chairman)
Architecture minister Margaret Hodge has refused to list the Victorian former guards chapel on the Chelsea Barracks site, overruling English Heritage's advice on the matter.
Richard Rogers takes first legal step to recover more than £1.5m in unpaid fees after being dropped from the project. Nick and Christian Candy instruct lawyers at Wragge & Co. to recover more than £1m they claim is owed to them by Qatari Diar for work carried out on the project.
1 week before it is due to go before planning cheifs, following months of opposition from local residents and the Prince of Wales
Poll asks, which do you prefer, Rogers' or Quinlan Terry's proposal?
Conclusion: We applaud the strength of the overarching principles of the scheme and the high quality design of the individual blocks and we fully support the planning application.
CPC allege that by withdrawing the planning application for the Chelsea Barracks site on 12th June 2008 before Westminster Council had made a decision, Qatari Diar breached its contract. CPC seek either an immediate payment of £65.8m, or the reapplication of the original plans. Qatari Diar claim Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) had indicated that he would use his powers to reject the plans. CPC alleged that the withdrawal of plans was a result of a letter written by Prince Charles, criticising the proposal.
Project Blue warn DCMS not to list Chapel in the Chelsea Barracks as it would 'have a significant impact on the public realm elements of the scheme'.
The Candy brothers sell their equity to Qatari Diar, but continue to lead the planning management, interior design, branding and marketing.
Nigel Hughes, Grosvenor Estates director, outlined the Duke of Westminster's objections in a letter to Westminster Council's cheif planner.
Conclusion: Overall we welcome the rigorous approach of this scheme in terms of the diagram, quantum and scale and the design of the individual blocks. However, we think that some of the public spaces and the elevational treatment for the blocks on Ebury Bridge Road need refinement.
Rogers Stirk Harbour Partnership's £1bn design revealed. The proposals outline a mix of 638 market rate and affordable residential units, a boutique hotel with two restaurants and a spa, shops, a community hall and sports centre with 25m pool. Also in the plans are details of a landscaped public park and private garden areas. The Olin Partnership is named as landscape architects. Candy & Candy are to be interior designers and development managers.
Qatari Diar lend $2.5bn to finance the purchase and development of Chelsea Barracks. They plan to develop homes and a luxury hotel.
Nick & Christian Candy and Qatari Diar buy Chelsea Barracks for £959m. Rogers Stirk Harbour Partnership named as project architects, chosen by the Candy brothers.