Qatari Diar, a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, purchased it for nearly £1 billion in 2007 as part of a joint venture, before subsequently acquiring 100% of the site. It quickly decided to turn it into London’s latest luxury scheme and soon submitted proposals to this end.
Chelsea Barracks, at 12.8 acres, is currently the largest development site in the SW1 area. Its website describes it as ‘London’s most coveted neighbourhood’ and the ‘most coveted 12.8 acres in the world’. Of these, some five acres are being used to create six new, publicly accessible garden squares that ‘will weave themselves into the fabric of Belgravia’.
The scheme is being carried out in six phases, with phases 1-3 completed in Q4 2019 – a few months before the pandemic took hold – which meant residents started to move in before lockdown hit.
Phase 1 included 64 private apartments, amenities, spa and a restaurant, Phase 2 led to 13 townhouses and Phase 3 saw the development of the Garrison Suite, Garrison Square and The Chapel, as well as retail, another restaurant and one mews house. PDP London designed the townhouses, restored the Garrison Chapel and delivered the restaurant to a design by Ben Pentreath.
As well as seven traditional garden squares, residents at Chelsea Barracks can also benefit from direct access to a range of exclusive on-site amenities within The Garrison Club, which includes a swimming pool, spa, steam room, 24-hour gym, relaxation areas, a 16-seat cinema, business suite, residents’ lounge and 24-hour concierge.