Commonwealth Games 2022 athletes' village plan submitted by Birmingham Council

A former university campus is set for major regeneration as plans for the Commonwealth Games 2022 athletes' village have taken a significant step forward with Birmingham City Council unveiling designs for housing thousands of the world’s best athletes.

The council has lodged a planning application for the revamp of the former Birmingham City University campus in Perry Barr. The designs show how 6,500 athletes and officials will be catered for when they arrive in the country in 2022.

Glancy Nicholls Architects has developed the masterplan of the Commonwealth Games Village which will also feature a running track and plenty of green spaces just a short distance from Alexander Stadium where the track and field events will take place.

As part of the Games legacy plans, the village will provide around 1,400 new homes once the 11-day event finishes. The home will be available across a range of tenures including social and affordable rent, homes for sale, and for private rent. The development would also include an extra care village for older people and a community centre.

Arcadis has provided support on the landscaping, Phil Jones Associates are providing urban design and civils services, Hoare Lea are acting as the M&E engineer and Couch Consulting is the structural engineer.

John Crabtree, chair of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, said: “In the seven months since being awarded the 2022 Games there has been a lot of work done to prepare this planning application. Now is the time for anyone with an interest in the regeneration of Perry Barr to look at our plans in detail and give feedback to the city council planners. We want the people of the West Midlands to have ownership of the Games and this is one of the first significant ways in which they can do that.”

Birmingham was announced as the successful host city last December with the projected overall cost of the Games running to £750m, with the government covering around £560m of that figure and the local council £190m.

People are being invited to comment on the submitted plans for the athletes' village until 13 September via Birmingham City Council's website.

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