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Public Letter to Prince Charles : Richard Rogers Design Intervention
20 Apr 2009
Chelsea Barracks – Proposal
Chelsea, south west London
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Public letter to Prince Charles re his intervention at Chelsea Barracks
20 Apr 2009
Public letter to Prince Charles from David Adjaye, Richard Burdett, Lord Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Sir Nicholas Serota and Deyan Sudjic:
The Prince of Wales’s intervention over the design of the former Chelsea Barracks site deserves more reasoned comment. It is essential in a modern democracy that private comments and behind-the-scenes lobbying by the prince should not be used to skew the course of an open and democratic planning process that is under way.
Proposals by Richard Rogers’s practice for the developers Qatari Diar were recently submitted for planning to Westminster city council. The scheme has been adapted and changed in response to comments from Westminster’s planning officers and extensive local consultation. Statutory bodies such as the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Greater London Authority have also been consulted. Westminster’s planning committee will meet and shortly deliver its verdict.
Its members should be left alone to decide whether the Rogers’s scheme is a fitting 21st-century addition to the fabric of London. The developers have chosen carefully in selecting the best architect for the sensitive project. Rogers and his team have played their part in engaging with the democratic process. The prince and his advisers should do the same. The process should be allowed to take its course; otherwise we risk condemning this critical site to years as an urban blight.
If the prince wants to comment on the design of this or any other project, we urge him to do so through the established planning consultation process. Rather than use his privileged position to intervene in one of the most significant residential projects likely to be built in London in the next five years, he should engage in an open and transparent debate.
Lord Foster, Foster and Partners
Zaha Hadid, Zaha Hadid Architects
Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Herzog and de Meuron
Jean Nouvel, Atelier Jean Nouvel
Renzo Piano, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners
Sir Nicholas Serota, Former director of the Tate Gallery
Richard Burdett, London School of Economics
David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates
Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum
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