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Boleyn Developers warned of risk of unexploded ordnance

keepout_UXOA report commissioned by developers Barratt London has revealed a medium to high risk of unexploded ordnance underneath the Boleyn Ground stadium and surrounding lands once used by West Ham.

The ground investigation report by RSA Geotechnics was submitted as part of planning documentation to Newham to again permission to build 842 flats on the site of West Ham’s former home.

Bomb1The report says: A review of the historical maps as part of the desk study indicated that the northern part of the site had been subject to bomb damage, as four ruins were located within this area of the site.’

In addition to the above, historical information for the Boleyn Football Ground published on the West Ham United Football Club webpage indicated that in
August 1944 a German V-1 Flying Bomb landed on the south western corner of the
football pitch, which caused severe damage to the ground, but also resulted in a fire
that gutted the Club’s offices.

bomb2Based on this information a risk of unexploded ordnance (UXO) was identified and a Preliminary UXO Risk Assessment was undertaken for the site by MACC International Limited. The risk assessment identified a credible UXO threat. The historical information reviewed as part of the preliminary assessment indicated
that six high explosive (HE) bombs landed within the site boundary, with a further
two landing on Castle Street just south of the site, and a third landing just north of
the northern site boundary. The site was also noted to be within an Incendiary
Bomb Strike Footprint. The risk level was considered medium to high risk for works to be undertaken in un-worked post war ground.’


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “Boleyn Developers warned of risk of unexploded ordnance

  1. Oh that’s reassuring so for the past 30 years I might have been sitting over an unexplored German bomb. All those times I used to jump up and down sends a shiver down my spine. The smelly bogs aren’t the only thing I won’t miss 😂

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