The 12.8 acre Chelsea Barracks site had been home to the British Army’s Guards Regiments since 1862 with the original Victorian barracks being rebuilt in 1960. In 2007 the site was acquired by a consortium led by Qatari Diar and plans to redevelop the site began. The scheme proposed the creation of an entirely new Belgravia style urban quarter with 448 residential units set within a layout of an unprecedented 5 acres of public spaces.

Project Objective

To deliver a world class sustainable, residential led, mixed use development that empathises with and enhances the setting, heritage and context of this distinctive and historic area of London.

Role Of DP9

DP9 led the project on all town planning matters devising the strategy and leading negotiations on the promotion of the Masterplan and subsequent approval of all six phases of the development. Key stakeholder negotiations involved Westminster City Council, The Mayor Of London, Historic England, and the local community. Notably a community liaison group was established to involve local residents and businesses to engage in the formulation of the Masterplan. This engaged with more than 300 organisations and 10,000 local people.

Key Challenge

Delivering the Clients vision for this historic and emotive site balancing height with footprint and viability with the creation of these unique publicly accessible squares, street and community spaces.

12.8 acres, 448 residential units, 5 acres of public spaces

Chris Beard


Chris moved to DP9 with the founding team in 2004. He is a Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years’ experience advising on development opportunities for both UK and International investors, developers and occupiers across private and public sectors. Chris specialises in complex development projects including major commercial and residential developments and those involving listed buildings and conservation areas. As part of his role as DP9 Board Director, Chris leads new business development. Chris's PA is Lydia Crist.

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Louise Overton

Associate Director

Louise is an Associate Director with over 15 years of experience.




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