Chelsea Barracks Plan Stirs Controversy

  • 15 years ago
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The plans for the former Chelsea Barracks in London have been drawing quite a lot of attention lately, with world-renowned architects criticizing the Prince of Wales for his latest attempts to change the plans. A luxury development is planned for the site of the former military barracks and is next to the Royal Hospital, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
Prince Charles is reported to have asked the Qatari Royal family, who own the site, to consider more traditional brick and stone buildings for the project than the modern plans that had been proposed. Richard Rogers and his firm Rogers Stirck Harbour have submitted plans that have modern glass and steel buildings for the proposed site, and the Prince has indicated that he would prefer an alternate plan by classicist Quinlan Terry.
A group of prominent architects, among them Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron signed a letter to the Sunday Times which attacks the prince to attempting to subvert the planning process.
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