Proposed designs for Memorial Gardens at Boleyn Ground site unveiled to fans
West Ham United, in conjunction with Barratt London and the families of those remembered, is pleased to unveil the latest proposed designs for the Memorial Garden, located on the site of the former Boleyn Ground, along with key milestone for the site throughout the rest of the year and beyond.
Having carefully and respectfully considered all feedback from family members on the initial proposals for the Memorial Garden, the sketch above provides a feel of how the new Memorial Garden will look. The Club has worked closely with Barratt London on the design principles and considerations that have led to this point.
As proposed previously, the Memorial will include a line of text dedicated to all loved ones remembered at the site: “This area is dedicated to the memory of all the West Ham United supporters who are remembered at the Boleyn Ground, the Club’s home from 1904-2016.”
The names of those remembered will also be included on a series of angled engraved plaques, which will be more easily readable on the side of the corten steel planter. This will give the Memorial Area a similar look and feel to that of a war memorial – something that was requested as part of the feedback during the consultation.
The thoughts and feelings of family members have always been of uppermost importance throughout the design process, which has been driven by the consultation conversations. It is important to note that this is not the final design, and it is subject to change, however both the Club and Barratt London feel that this is a strong basis for a fitting memorial to those who are remembered at the Garden. The Club will provide an update on the final designs at the appropriate time ahead of the Garden reopening formally.
It is currently planned that the Memorial Garden will be replaced by a temporary area of reflection at the end of January 2020, to enable the site to be necessarily reconfigured during the redevelopment. This will mean that there is no access to the current memorial area from this point until the new Memorial Garden reopens, which is anticipated to be in 2022.
In early January 2020, West Ham United will hold a ceremony at the existing Memorial Garden, at which the Club will carefully and respectfully collect items which have been left, to keep them safe. The Club will do everything possible to contact and reunite families with their items to understand how they would like the memorial items to be preserved.
West Ham United would like those who have relatives remembered at the Garden but do not have physical memorial items in place, to contact the Club at their earliest convenience, if you have not already done so. Equally, if you have placed an item at the Garden, but have not had contact from the Club, please do also get in touch. The Club can then discuss options, before the existing garden closes.
The Club and Barratt London are dedicated to ensuring the process of closing the existing Garden is a transparent and open. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Club at Supporter Services at [email protected], and we’d welcome the opportunity to discuss the plans with you.