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  • Chelsea Barracks revisits military heritage in the unveiling of its first completed show residence and The Garrison Club

    In the same month that London’s most anticipated development will welcome its first residents, Chelsea Barracks has unveiled the first furnished residence – with an interior inspired by the development’s iconic military heritage. Designed by multi-award-winning studio Elicyon, the first glimpse of a residence at the 12.8-acre historic site is another major milestone for the scheme, and coincides with the delivery of the inaugural components of ‘The Garrison Club’.

    The Garrison Club – an extensive range of state-of-the-art services and amenities arranged across the development – has been curated to provide residents with the most exclusive lifestyle available in the prime market. Fashioning an interior that stands the test of time, Elicyon joins a broad team of visionaries to design these individual spaces, and to create an ambiance and interior that is for both a glamorous and relaxed way of living.

    Richard Oakes, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Qatari Diar comments:

    “The unveiling of our first show residence and The Garrison Club at Chelsea Barracks is a significant moment for us. We are proud to be able to share this experience with our residents, who are set to move in later this September, and showcase the level of attention to detail we, and our partners, have gone to in order to create an exquisite home and lifestyle offering.

    “The residence has been brought to life with a design that will resonate with the tastes of our clientele; this is teamed with a distinct level of quality and consciousness that we have consistently sought to deliver across the development. Furthermore, Elicyon has worked closely with us, and our team of collaborators, to design some very special spaces within our first reveal of The Garrison Club. Matching exceptional design with a very unique way of living, our residents will have access to amenities that rival those of a high-end members club. ”

    Honouring military heritage within the home.

    With this site overlooking Royal Hospital Chelsea, Elicyon has woven delicate military details, inspired by infantry uniforms and artillery, into the design to honour the heritage of the former 12.8-acre barracks. Set against an ivory base, the residence experiments with a colour palette of various shades of blue – from pale midnight to shades inspired by the Chelsea Pensioners’ navy undress uniform. Accents of gold are further entwined throughout the otherwise crisp and cool interiors to create a relaxed but opulent feel.

    Located on the 5th floor of 8 Whistler Square, which sits on Chelsea Bridge Road, the local area has also played into the design curation of the residence. Blackened bronze accents add an unexpected industrial twist to the design complemented by bespoke joinery with intricate rivet detailing inspired by the nearby Chelsea Bridge.

    “We feel hugely privileged to be involved in this truly unique development; it’s unusual to be part of a project that allows us so much creative freedom with the materiality,”

    says Charu Gandhi, the Founder and Director of Elicyon.

    “Looking into the history of the site, and the local area was a journey of discovery and personally one of my favourite parts of the design process. I am very proud of the final design, our experimentation with colour and the way in which we blended very sleek contemporary aesthetics with vintage pieces to create a rich interior with interesting textures.”

    Whilst Elicyon has created a large number of bespoke furnishings for the residence, standout pieces from international interior houses have also been incorporated into the design, from the likes of Andrew Martin – dubbed ‘the Indiana Jones of design’ – Arteriors and Colbourns, the London-basedhandcrafted rug specialists.

    Spanning in excess of 4,300 square foot, the residence comprises four en-suite bedrooms – including a principal bedroom with dressing room – two living rooms, a dining room, cinema room, study and kitchen. The space provides an exemplary example of how the existing base build by Hirsch Bedner Associates can be personalised and dressed after purchase. Wide, substantial doors and 2.8m high ceilings evoke London’s most prestigious houses to flood the residence with light, which is further enhanced by 19th-century British carriage lights. Beautiful English herringbone and marble flooring runs throughout the property, whilst the high specification, bespoke kitchens are fitted with state-of-the-art Sub-Zero, Wolf and Gaggenau appliances.

    The Garrison Club**

    Not limited to superior levels of craftsmanship, residents at Chelsea Barracks will have access to The Garrison Club, an amenity offering that rivals those of the world’s leading five-star hotels facilities. This space comprises a 12,768 square foot private spa, 20 metre swimming pool, fitness centre, steam room and sauna, tepidarium, business suite, cinema, resident lounge, board rooms, private function room and a games room, in addition to lifestyle services, facilitated by a 24-hour concierge. Exuding elegance and sophistication, each space has been designed by a team of creatives to deliver a unique residential experience that is reflective of the developments prestige and signature status. A combination of serene materiality mixed with high contrast detailing – through sculptural layering, bold one of a kind statement pieces and tactile materials – result in a boutique vision that delicately weaves into the fabric of the overall scheme.

    One of London’s most esteemed enclaves and the former British Army Barracks, Chelsea Barracks is an entirely new neighbourhood in Belgravia, spanning 12.8 acres from Pimlico Road to Ebury Bridge Road and across to Chelsea Bridge Road – five acres of which will be garden squares. The development comprises a rare collection of apartments, townhouses, penthouses and a mews house. Prices for a two-bedroom residences at Chelsea  Barracks start from £5.25 million and townhouses are available from £38 million. Residents of phases 1-3 will be moving in this month.

    Chelsea Barracks lies within 30 minutes of London Heathrow Airport, and is just a seven-minute walk from Sloane Square underground station.

    The military inspired show residence is on the market for £24 million.


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