A new community sports space comes to life in Greenwich, thanks to O’Keefe Group

9th May 2018

For more time than anyone would care to imagine a five-acre site in the heart of the Royal Borough of Greenwich has lain dormant and unused. This prime real estate at Hervey Road SE8 has evaded the hands of the property developers and has instead been given over by Greenwich Council to the new Blackheath Rugby Club Trust to build and manage a community sports facility. This has been made possible by support from the O’Keefe Group’s Community Foundations programme.

Work is now well underway at Hervey Road and following the recent completion of the ground works the modular sections of the new club house and changing rooms were brought in and assembled on site. The fit-out and completion of the club house and further works on the sports fields is due to get underway, soon.

Blackheath’s Trust will operate the site on behalf of the council as a community sports facility. Russell Ticehurst, chairman of Blackheath Rugby, said: “We already know there will be rugby, cricket, football and netball on site and we have already had interest from local schools to use the grass for their sports programmes. It’s a fantastic new facility that will benefit the community immensely.”

Patrick O’Keefe, CEO of the O’Keefe Group, said: “Our Community Foundations programme is really building momentum and we are delighted to be adding the Hervey Road project to the work that we already do with 21 Together and K Sports in Kent. Even though we are moving our headquarters our of Greenwich, we will always be connected to the Royal Borough of Greenwich and this is the perfect way for us to leave a legacy there by providing much-needed space for the local community to relax, stay fit and come to together.”