Christian Candy's CPC Group has named the Prince of Wales and London Mayor Boris Johnson in the company's case against Qatari Diar over their withdrawal from the £1billion Chelsea Barracks project, according to industry publication Property Week.
The plans for the conversion of Chelsea Barracks in London into a high-end residential development had been the subject of much controversy with its architect, Richard Rogers, criticised for the modernist design. It was a design that Prince Charles took great objection to and campaigned against, calling in classicist Quinlan Terry to produce an alternative design. Johnson also expressed objection to the designs.
Documents obtained by Property Week allegedly state that CPC's former partner on the project, Qatari Diar, "withdrew its planning application for the barracks as `the direct result of an intervention in the planning process by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales" and that "this caused Qatari Diar to fail to `use all reasonable commercial endeavours to pursue the planning application between March and June 2009’, causing a breach of contract."
The document also allegedly shows that CPC believed Qatari Diar would use the expected refusal by the London Mayor as reason for their withdrawal but that while the Mayor had objections, an outright refusal was not necessarily on the cards.