This year, Chelsea Barracks slots the final pieces of the jigsaw into place with the much-anticipated completion of Garrison Square. Both the restaurant and the community arts-space within the chapel are due to be open, cementing the development as a destination at the heart of Belgravia’s community. Last year, with the pandemic changing the way we live, work and spend our free time, Chelsea Barracks saw the positive impact that its five acres of public gardens and walkways had on both residents and the surrounding community. Future-proofed for the changing needs of the times, it also met the growing needs of residents to work from home with flexible business facilities provided by The Garrison Club.
Chelsea Barracks has always held British heritage and legacy at its core, something that will continue to shape and determine its perception post-Brexit. Last year, it acknowledged this through a celebration of British craftsmanship and world-class design: tasked by Qatari Diar to lead the interiors for two town houses at the development, Albion Nord was commissioned to design a new, bespoke collection of refined, British-made furniture and homeware, The Chelsea Barracks Collection.
The 11 pieces forming The Collection were crafted by a handpicked selection of British artisans, with each item handmade in Britain using quality materials from oak to patinated bronze and marble. The result is an entirely bespoke collection, each piece being built to last and having its own story to tell relating either to the local area, the site, Great Britain or Georgian design. Ranging from tableware to a military-inspired desk, the items were seeded throughout two of the town houses, and The Collection marked the first time that Albion Nord’s designs were available to purchase, a unique memento for residents and also available to non-residents via both the Chelsea Barracks and Albion Nord websites.
Grand in proportion and with British craftmanship at their core, 13 new Georgian-inspired townhouses were recently launched. Each shares the elegant proportions and vertical arrangements of its Georgian predecessors, with high ceilings, expansive entertainment spaces, home working facilities and leisure complexes to align with the complex needs of today. Architects PDP London liberated space from top to bottom, front to back, creating houses eight to ten metres in width complete with basement pools, private garages and rooftop terraces, capitalising on generous plots and acknowledging the importance of gardens, outdoor living and home office facilities within contemporary purchase decisions.
To further celebrate the stunning townhouses themselves and the inherent craftmanship behind The Collection, a series of carefully and cinematically produced films were also created to visually communicate these special elements far and wide. The high-spec films showcased the collaboration with Albion Nord and provided a platform to spotlight each of the individual pieces in The Collection as well as the artisans behind them, telling captivating stories with craft at their core. Fly-through films of the gardens and open spaces in summer also brought the special magic of Chelsea Barracks uniquely to life for viewers all around the world.