Plans submitted for £1 billion Chelsea Barracks scheme

Plans submitted for £1 billion Chelsea Barracks scheme (iStock)

Developer Qatari Dia has submitted revised plans for a £3 billion redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks, as it seeks to transform the site in this prime London location into a prestige housing, leisure and commercial destination.

The new plans for phase 6B will include 126 extra-care and affordable homes, as well as a public sports centre, an NHS medical centre, and four retail units.

This will help provide a mix of community facilities instead of making the development an exclusive one. 

Located on Ebury Bridge Road, the final phase of the development will be connected to the rest of the development by a network of pedestrian walkways. 

Construction of the first three phases of the scheme is set to be finished in May 2019, but the fourth phase was placed on hold after the completion of groundworks. 

Providing an update last week, a spokesman for Chelsea Barracks said: "We are thrilled that we have been able to finalise the last chapter of Chelsea Barracks, by revisiting the masterplan to finesse the offering within Phase 6B.

"We identified that there was an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the community, and have over delivered on the number of homes, size requirement of the gym and the facilities and are looking to create a comprehensive retail offering to cater for the community.”

Chelsea Barracks is described by the developer as "the most coveted 12.8 acres in the world" and while that may seem like hyperbole to some, it is certainly one of the most prestigious locations in London. 

Based on Chelsea Bridge Road and adjacent to the boundary between Chelsea and the City of Westminster (marked by the subterranean River Westbourne), the Barracks site is close to the river, a short walk from Sloane Square Tube station, adjacent to Ranelagh Gardens and within easy walking distance of London Victoria station.

The new developments of the Nine Elms area lie just across the river. A new footbridge to Chelsea is to be built as part of the latter development.