The initial masterplan concept for the Chelsea Barracks development has been unveiled in a presentation to local community groups

Chelsea Barracks masterplan - aerial.
Chelsea Barracks masterplan - aerial.

The concept, by Kim Wilkie Associates and architects Dixon Jones and Squire and Partners, shows the proposed setting and environment for the development. It incorporates themes that have emerged from an extensive public consultation process, including a diversity of scale and character in both space and buildings.

The predominantly residential development will feature some of the first significant new public garden squares to have been created in central London for over a century. The landscape will include productive gardens, with the potential for displays of different forms of garden design and plant species – an appropriate use for a location just a stone’s throw from the site of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Developer Qatari Diar has been keen to involve local people in the plans for the site, which it bought from the Ministry of Defence in 2008. The public consultation has involved community groups who represent the interests of more than 6,000 local residents, as well as businesses, schools, community services and amenity groups.

Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates said: “We have designed a masterplan that is intended to realise the potential of this historic and important site and ensures it sits in harmony with its surroundings. We’ve listened to the views of the local people and reflected them in a proposal which will create a special place of houses, apartments, squares, streets and gardens.”

Kim Wilkie will present the competition-winning design for the Chelsea Barracks site at the LI symposium, ‘Breaking boundaries: the heroic ages of landscape architecture’ on 7 June.

This conference at the Garden Museum will be the first public view of his mould-breaking collaboration with the architect Michael Squire. Wilkie will argue that all professions should unite to face the challenges of environmental design, and to persuade politicians and planners to share a holistic vision of environmental design.

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