Roberta Moore, daughter of England and West Ham legend Bobby Moore OBE, visited the building site of one of east London’s newest housing developments, which will have its three constituent buildings named after her father, Sir Alf Ramsey and Martin Peters MBE.
All three Lions were either born or bred in Barking and Dagenham and were pivotal to England winning the World Cup in 1966.
Roberta met Barking and Dagenham Council Leader, Cllr Darren Rodwell to inspect on-going building work at the development in Upney and see for herself the building which will be named after her father.
Roberta said: “It is my absolute pleasure and honour to be here today to see this great new development and the progress of the building that will be named after my father.
“Alongside his colleagues, Sir Alf and Martin, I know my father would be truly humbled and deeply touched by the naming of these buildings in recognition of their achievements, and it couldn’t be more fitting that the homes will provide quality accommodation for working Londoners, as they all were. My sincere thanks and gratitude to all those involved, I couldn’t be more proud.”
Cllr Rodwell said: “This borough has consistently produced legendary footballers such as Bobby, Martin Peters and Sir Alf, and we are also continuing our tradition in providing quality homes for ordinary working Londoners, so it makes sense to name this great new development after these local legends.
“And let’s hope England can beat Scotland, go on to win the Euros and emulate these glorious three Lions who we’re proud to call our own!”
Sam Parry, Construction Manager of Be First, Barking and Dagenham Council’s Regeneration arm, said: “We’re extremely proud to be building a great new development which will provide quality homes at prices working people can afford. It’s fitting that these new homes will be named after three humble but extraordinary sportsmen.”
Jonathan Jerram of Jerram Falkus, which is the main contractor for the development said: “It is an honour to be here today with Roberta Moore to view our progress at Sebastian Court and to celebrate both local and national heroes such as her father by naming the buildings after them. As we approach completion, I would like to say how proud we are of this development. It has been a pleasure to have partnered with Be First to build the much-needed new homes and communal space in this area, which I am sure will be enjoyed for many years to come.”
The development is set to be completed by autumn and will provide 95 new homes. The council will let 33 flats to tenants at affordable rents, 29 at London affordable rent and offer the remaining 33 for shared ownership.
Kristian Melgaard, Managing Director of Reside, Barking and Dagenham Council’s affordable housing company, said: “Anyone renting or taking on shared ownership of one of these quality homes in any of the buildings named after these iconic sportsmen, will be a real winner