This December we celebrate the completion of the Grade II listed 18th Century Chapel refurbishment. This is a momentous moment in the build timeline, as we move towards the completion of Garrison Square, the heart of Chelsea Barracks.
Heritage specialists have expertly repaired all aspects of the Chapel. The last seven months have seen the roof completely stripped and replaced with Welsh slate, the internal plasterwork repaired, and damaged listed paintings and ceramics restored. The London stock brick façade has been sensitively revived and re-pointed. New windows, sympathetic to the original design, have been installed and the rose window, the gleaming emblem of Chelsea Barracks, has been beautifully restored.
Established in 1784, Taylor and Co. Bells are one of the oldest and only remaining bell foundry in the UK and have been hard at work to cast and deliver the Chelsea Barracks bell for installation into the newly restored Garrison Chapel. With a bespoke poppy design, and the initials of some of the people responsible for the retention of this architectural gem inscribed, the new bell has now been fitted and takes pride of place at the heart of Chelsea Barracks.
By Spring of 2018, the Spa will be complete and ready for testing and commissioning; a significant milestone for Chelsea Barracks. The opulent Onyx marble for the Spa has now been cut, dry laid and inspected to ensure only the very best quality material adorns the walls. Having been carefully shipped over from Brazil to Italy then to London, it is now being installed. This is a tremendously exciting part of the construction process where spaces are brought to life with their final finishes.
The origins of the stone being used at Chelsea Barracks began millenniums ago in the stratigraphy of the earth. Granite, Marble, Limestone and Sandstone are all types of natural materials being used at Chelsea Barracks; chosen for the differences in their visual and technical properties. Throughout 2017 the design team at Chelsea Barracks have continued to travel far and wide in search of the finest natural materials from across the globe
Over the last 12 months we have seen the buildings for Phase 1 and 2 reach their full height and behind the protective screen, work has gathered huge momentum. Out of sight of the onlooker, several key milestones have recently been achieved, these include the start of internal stone tiling, the commencement of ceiling installation to the Residences and the completion of the windows. Looking ahead to the New Year, turning the power on in the Energy Centre will be a notable achievement and the excavation work for the next Phase will continue at pace.
Portland stone has contributed to the character of London’s architecture for centuries, adorning the walls of Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral and now the façade of Chelsea Barracks. Each stone is cut and handset by skilled stone masons, with an average of 1,000stones being laid per week. The lower third of the buildings are now clad and the stone masons continue to work six days a week to ensure the façades of Eight and Nine Whistler Square and One Mulberry Square are fully clad by the Summer 2018.
The magnificent restaurant building, designed by renowned British architect Ben Pentreath, is set to take pride of place in Garrison Square adjacent to the Chapel, and is now practically complete, with handover due in February 2018. The grand vaulted arches, which use a traditional lime based mortar, are a testament to the skill of artisan bricklayers and it is remarkable to see this unusual design concept come to fruition.
A bespoke building wrap was designed to cover the entirety of Phase 1. Some 4,000 sq.m of mesh banner was used, making this the largest of its kind in the UK and creating quite the floral spectacle along Chelsea Bridge Road. Designed to protect the workers as they continue works to the façade of the building, we took the opportunity to include some Chelsea Barracks style.
The design features the Chelsea Barracks Rose, a unique flower specially commissioned to signify the logo which itself is derived from the rose window of the Chapel. These beautiful red roses will eventually be grown in Mulberry Square, one of the seven new gardens squares being built at Chelsea Barracks.
It is the season for giving but as part of Chelsea Barracks’ corporate social responsibility strategy, there is an ongoing emphasis on supporting and helping people throughout the year. This year on site there was an employment and skills programme that covered apprentices and trainees, learning and functional skills, local employment, work placements for students and graduate visits as well as participation in the Prince’s Trust and Budding Brunel’s schemes. The objective was to maximize the local employment and training opportunities created by the Chelsea Barracks project.
The Chelsea Barracks marketing suite opened in May 2016 and throughout 2017 this 10,000 sq.ft bespoke space continued to provide guests with a world-class interactive and immersive experience. This exceptional space incorporates an elegant show room designed by 1508 London, which integrates locally designed furniture and accessories sourced from the neighbouring Pimlico Road.
Throughout 2017, Chelsea Barracks has worked in partnership with British Polo Day, celebrating the great sport of Polo in spectacular locations all over the world. The synergies between Chelsea Barracks and British Polo Day, with regards to British heritage and the shared values these unique events promote, make for a successful partnership. As a world-class development we are proud sponsors of these world-class events
The entire Chelsea Barracks Team, we wish you a very enjoyable festive season and a prosperous New Year wherever you are in the world.
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