Work begins on 2022 Commonwealth Games Village in Birmingham, UK
May 10, 2019 – Birmingham City Council has announced the start of construction on an infrastructure project related to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the UK.
The ground-breaking ceremony was held at the Commonwealth Games Village site in Perry Barr, where the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be conducted. It will house nearly 6,500 athletes and officials who will come to the city during the summer of 2022
Last December, the Council gave its approval for the construction and as recognition for its wider regeneration of Perry Barr, the central government announced financial support of £165m along with £20m from the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Construction of the residential element of the village, which will be built at the site of the former Birmingham City University campus, is expected to be completed in early 2022.
Following the games, the development will be converted to offer more than 1,400 homes for the local people. This is the first phase of a long-term regeneration plan for Perry Barr and surrounding areas that will provide 5,000 homes.
As part of a wider regeneration of Perry Barr, the village will be in legacy mode alongside improved open space, with redeveloped Alexander Stadium and related community, sport and leisure facilities, along with transport improvements.
Furthermore, plans are on to improve cycling and walking routes and a reconfigure the highways network along the A34.
Birmingham City Council leader Cllr Ian Ward said: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform an area of Birmingham that has long needed investment, so I am hugely proud that the biggest sporting event in the city’s history will act as a catalyst for the development of a new high-quality residential neighbourhood.
“Perry Barr will provide a magnificent base for athletes in the summer of 2022 – and then go on to provide a genuine long-term Commonwealth Games legacy, by helping house the people of Birmingham in high-quality homes.
“This project is also offering a great boost to the local economy and the skills sector, opening up a whole host of career and training opportunities for those working on the site over the next few years.”