Kim Wilkie's new Chelsea Barracks design to be released after royal protest

Landscape designs for Chelsea Barracks, the highly controversial project that allegedly drew an angry Prince Charles into the fray, are to be unveiled next week.

Kim Wilkie, who was responsible for various high-profile landscape projects including the V&A Museum Garden and the "Orpheus" project for the grade I listed Broughton House park, will present his competition-winning scheme for the 5.2ha site. Wilkie took on the project after Prince Charles was said to have objected to the first proposal by Lord Rogers.

He said a confidentiality agreement ruled out comment until the design's official unveiling at a joint Landscape Institute and Garden Museum conference on Monday (7 June). But early conceptual sketches show buildings arranged in Georgian-like squares surrounding landscaped areas and tree-lined roads.

Wilkie said he was unable to comment on the ongoing legal battle between the property developer led by the high-profile Candy brothers and a Qatari firm.

The brothers' firm CPC Group and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co bought the site near Sloane Square in 2007. They submitted a planning application with Westminster. The brothers sold their share to the Qatari firm with a promise of around £80m when planning approval was granted. The project was withdrawn after Prince Charles was alleged to have said he disapproved of the design.

A Landscape Institute representative said: "This will be the first public view of a mould-breaking collaboration with architect Michael Squire. Wilkie will argue that all professions should unite to persuade politicians and planners to share a holistic vision."


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