Bobby Moore to be immortalised by sculptress to the Queen (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Sculptress to the Queen Frances Segelman will create a sculpture of Bobby Moore for the development of West Ham United's ground
Sir Bobby Moore will be honoured with a sculpture made by the sculptress to the Queen for the redevelopment of West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground.
Frances Segelman was commissioned by Galliard Group, the developers which won the bid to turn the ground into residential properties when the club moves to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.
Galliard plan to name a memorial garden in the development’s central area after the West Ham legend and England World Cup winning captain, who made 544 appearances for the club between 1958 and 1974.
Bobby Moore’s daughter Roberta Moore said she was pleased that a tribute to her father and the club will be left on Green Street.
“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,” she said.
"I would love to see the Bobby Moore Memorial Gardens become a place that Hammers fans can visit to share their memories of watching the team at the Boleyn Ground.
“Hopefully the new sculptures and buildings being proposed will also help ensure that a lasting legacy to the club, my father and his teammates is left at Upton Park.”
Ms Segelman will also create other art to be located in the grounds of the new village.
West Ham also plan to create, in conjunction with families and fans, sculptures and art honouring other West Ham legends, as well as naming key buildings after them.
The current West Ham memorial garden near the front entrance to the grounds will be retained and incorporated into the development.
The Bobby Moore Memorial Gardens are subject to planning approval and consultation.
The new village is due to be completed in late 2018.
Work will begin once the club move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.