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West Ham reveal more details about sale of Upton Park stadium

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

West Ham reveal more details about sale of Upton Park stadium West Ham reveal more details about sale of Upton Park stadium

West Ham United have provided more details about the sale of their current Upton Park home to housing developer the Galliard Group.

The club insists the primary reason to go with Galliard is due to its links to the local community and its commitment to honouring West Ham's history as part of the redevelopment of the Boleyn Ground into new homes.

The club has also revealed that "better offers from more aggressive developers" were rejected and that the new homes would be offered to Londoners first, before marketed overseas.

In a Q&A with fans as part of its long-running consultation over West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium, the club stated: "The club was impressed with Galliard Group's links to the local community and their commitment to honouring the history of the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground as part of their proposed development.

"Galliard Group is a local company that understands and respects the club's history and tradition.

"There were better offers on the table from more aggressive developers but these were rejected as the club wanted to leave the right legacy for fans and the local community.

"Galliard Group has proven sports ground regeneration skills, having delivered a substantial part of the residential housing at the new Emirates Stadium development.

"They are also committed to servicing the needs of the local community and they plan to liaise closely with West Ham and the London Borough of Newham to undertake community and stakeholder consultation with fans, local residents and local business.

"The London Borough of Newham have previously identified the need for more homes, jobs and community spaces in that local area.

"During the construction period, the new development will create hundreds of jobs on site, with additional employment created in any on-site commercial facilities agreed after consultation, which will mean that the new future for the site will play a huge part in the regeneration of the Upton Park area.

"The London Borough of Newham have previously expressed a desire for more high-quality housing in the local area and Galliard's proposal matches that criteria.

"We were impressed with Galliard Group's commitment to honouring the legacy of West Ham United at the site. They have plans to name the key buildings at the new site after West Ham United legends, decided through polls and competitions with fans and the local community.

"Subject to approval and consultation, they also plan to name the central area of the development after West Ham legend Bobby Moore and will be looking to create sculptures and works of art to remember famous players and moments from West Ham's history. These will all be created in conjunction with the players' families and fans.

"One of the most important aspects for West Ham in the negotiations with potential partners was the plans for the Memorial Gardens. We are pleased that Galliard Group plan to leave the Memorial Garden as it is so that relatives and friends of loved ones can continue to come and pay their respects at the site.

"We remain in full consultation with the club's chaplain Reverend Alan Bolding regarding this matter.

"All of the names and messages on the commemorative bricks currently in place at the Boleyn Ground will be transferred to the Olympic Stadium. The club also have plans to offer fans the chance to place new bricks at West Ham's new home.

"Galliard Group are renowned for their consultation with local residents. They pride themselves on their engagement with the local community and will hold regular meetings and distribute a regular newsletter to local residents and businesses.

"No properties will be released for sale until consultation is undertaken and planning is provided for properties to be built on the site. Only once this is done will Galliard Group look at selling properties on the site. Galliard Group are signatories to the House Builders Federation pledge that all of their London properties are offered for sale to Londoners/UK buyers first, before being marketed/sold overseas.

"It is absolutely the club’s intention to ensure that fans are given the opportunity to make Boleyn Ground memorabilia their own when the time comes. The finer details are currently being discussed with our Supporter Advisory Board and the club are looking at a number of possible auction websites. The outcome of these considerations will be made known nearer the time."

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