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RIBA responds to Qatari Diar's decision to withdraw current planning application for the Chelsea Barracks site


12 June 2009

Press office contact:

Mina Vadon
T: +44 (0)207 307 3761
E: mina.vadon@riba.org

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to Qatari Diar's decision to withdraw its current planning application to develop the Chelsea Barracks site.

Speaking today, RIBA President Sunand Prasad said:

"I am dismayed by the withdrawal of the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners designs for Chelsea Barracks, and the colossal waste of effort, goodwill and expense. This decision clearly has more to with external pressure than the merits of the scheme and that is a sad turn of events in a painstakingly conducted planning process.

"I am all for HRH The Prince of Wales setting out his principles as regards sustainability and an architecture that connects with nature, but for him to intervene in individual schemes going through the planning process is quite wrong. However I do not see this as defeat for modern architecture; more a case of prince speaking unto prince."

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For further information please contact Mina Vadon in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3761 or email mina.vadon@inst.riba.org 


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