A new masterplan for the Chelsea Barracks development in west London has been submitted to Westminster City Council. This follows the appointment of the masterplanning team of Dixon Jones, Squire and Partners and Kim Wilkie Associates at the end of 2009 by developer Qatari Diar. The masterplan achieved the highest LEED ‘Platinum’ rating.
The 12.8 acre site will be redeveloped to create a new neighbourhood which will comprise houses and flats with local shops, a boutique hotel, a multi-purpose community centre, a public sports facility and a medical centre. Public garden squares, new trees and public art will also be included.
Atelier Ten have developed the Energy and Sustainability Strategy for the outline planning application for the site. This strategy includes the development of a site-wide energy network that includes the use of CHP, ground source heat pumps and connection to an existing local municipal district heating system owned and operated by Westminster Council. Additional renewable energy to that provided by the ground source heat pumps is proposed by the incorporation of photovoltaic panels integrated into the roofs of the buildings.
As part of the works for the site, Atelier Ten have developed a Sustainable Management Plan to ensure that the buildings, developed following the outline stage, incorporate sustainability in a holistic and consistent manner. The sustainability issues proposed for the site include a full spectrum response to minimising environmental impact and range from grey water recycling & rainwater harvesting to on site productive gardening to generate food materials for the site.