THE CHELSEA BARRACKS GARDEN
The design is inspired by the heritage of the Chelsea Barracks site, and by the architecture and landscaping of the new development, which neighbours the Royal Hospital. Roses, with perennial planting between, are a main feature of the garden. They refer to the listed Garrison Chapel, with its historic Rose Window, which is preserved as the development’s centrepiece. The garden is a place where people can relax and socialise. A bronze sculpture pays tribute to the Barracks’ former residents. A sculpted stone tidal rill references the lost River Westbourne, symbolising its original path under Chelsea Barracks. Bronze uprights form part of the boundary, beyond which the backdrop of the Royal Hospital can be glimpsed. Photos by Steven Wooster.