Legacy Foundation launches at MIPIM 2016

Last week, The Legacy Foundation was launched at MIPIM in Cannes, France as ex-England and Manchester United FC captain Rio Ferdinand and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis outlined plans to deliver thousands of affordable homes across the UK.

The Legacy Foundation is a charity set up by Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United FC captain Mark Noble and Brighton & Hove Albion FC striker Bobby Zamora. The Foundation aims to provide a long-term approach to the building of social housing and public facilities such as schools, hospitals and GP surgeries, in sports-led mixed-use regeneration schemes that help to foster the creation of communities.

KSS are currently working with Legacy, alongside McLaren, Stace and Colliers International, to develop strategic masterplan proposals for a large community-focused development on an 8-acre brownfield site in East London. The new venture will deliver 45% social housing and 55% private rented housing, with sports facilities, primary school and crèche at the heart of the site. Discussions are ongoing with one of the London Boroughs to secure a long term lease on the proposed 1,700 new homes.

At the launch, Rio Ferdinand said, “We aim to deliver schemes with Local Authorities that not only reduce the pressure on affordable housing, but will empower their tenants through an on-site sporting academy as well as providing high quality accommodation for all. We want to work closely with Local Authorities and Central Government to understand precisely what is required in their area and look to deliver a scheme that will empower communities for generations.”

KSS Associate Director, David Rollason said after the launch “We are delighted to be working with the Legacy team and share its aspiration to create inclusive communities. In East London, the Legacy model provides a great opportunity to provide a high number of high quality homes that are both realistically affordable and supported by excellent social, recreational and educational facilities that are truly accessible to all”.

Related articles