Birmingham Council approves Commonwealth Games Village plans

WCN Editorial Team 21 Dec 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee has granted approval for the planning application for the residential element of the Athletes Village as part of preparations to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The planning application is for the first phase of a wider regeneration scheme for Perry Barr, under which 1,400 new homes will be constructed.

In November 2018, Birmingham City Council appointed Australian construction, property and infrastructure company Lendlease as the principal contractor for the Perry Barr regeneration development.

The properties, being constructed on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus, will accommodate 6,500 athletes and officials coming to Birmingham in 2022 for the Games.

After the conclusion of the Games, the properties will be converted to provide 1,400 new homes across a range of tenures, creating a new residential neighbourhood for Perry Barr.

The project will also include a retirement village and a community centre.

Funding of £165m has been secured from the central government and £20m from the West Midlands Combined Authority for the council-led scheme.

Demolition of the former BCU buildings started in June and work is set to commence in early 2019 to ensure completion in time for the arrival of representatives from the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories in 2022.

Birmingham City Council leader Councillor Ian Ward said: “Since we announced our intention to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, I’ve always said the event is about so much more than just 11 days of sport.

“The regeneration of Perry Barr will be the most tangible and transformative legacy we achieve as a result of hosting the Games, bringing investment and regeneration to area that has long been crying out for it.

“I commend everyone involved with the development of this planning application. It shows the ‘can do’ attitude of the city council and its commitment to partnership working – by securing planning permission today, 364 days since the Games were awarded to Birmingham, we’ve successfully completed work that would normally a take a Host City three years to complete in just one.”

Consultation on future phases of the Perry Barr regeneration plan will launched in 2019.

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Image: Rendering of the Commonwealth Games Village in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Photo: Courtesy of BIRMINGHAM2022.

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