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Upton Park has gone under the hammer!

West Ham United have agreed to sell Upton Park in east London to residential property developer Galliard Group once they have completed their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

The football club, nicknamed the ‘Hammers', said that they selected Galliard Group, amid a competitive bidding process, due to the housebuilder's "close links to the community" and "their commitment to honouring the history of the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground as part of their proposed development".

West Ham United's vice-chairman, Karren Brady, said that the deal demonstrated the club had kept its promise to regenerate two areas of east London through its stadium move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

"We know they [Galliard] are committed to working closely with the local community and Newham Council on proposals to transform the site into a residential and retail village, which will benefit the local community and East London's regional economy," said Brady.

Galliard Group says that it is committed to an open and wide ranging consultation on its plans for the iconic site, including full engagement with Newham Council, as the relevant planning authority, as well as with local residents and businesses.

Stephen Conway, chairman and chief executive of Galliard Group, commented: "Galliard is one of London's most successful regeneration specialists and has a proven track record in stadium land regeneration. Working closely with West Ham and Newham Council, Galliard now plan to undertake extensive consultation with local residents and businesses and the West Ham United Supporter Advisory Board in order to create a future for the site, which is respectful of the cultural and economic diversity of the local area."

The fact that there will be a lasting tribute to West Ham United on Green Street has pleased Bobby Moore's daughter, Roberta Moore.

She said: "I have always believed that there should be some form of permanent West Ham United presence at the Boleyn Ground site after the team leave and I'm really pleased that the centre point of the development is planned to be named in honour of my father. Hopefully the new sculptures and buildings being proposed will also help ensure that a lasting legacy to the club, my father and his team-mates is left at Upton Park."

First published in Whathouse 13.02.14

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