Plans abandoned for £500m Commonwealth Games Village in UK

WCN Editorial Team 12 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The plans have been cancelled to build a £500m athletes village for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, UK.

Australian construction, property and infrastructure company Lendlease was selected by the council as the principal contractor for the Perry Barr regeneration development, in late 2018.

Located on the site of the former Birmingham City University (BCU) in Wellhead Lane, the development was planned to accommodate 6,500 athletes and officials during the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The scheme also proposed to include the development of the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

Due to the abandonment of the plan, the athletes and team officials are now planned to be housed in three ‘campus’ villages at The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, and The NEC Hotel Campus.

The Birmingham City Council, in a statement, said: “This new campus model will see 1,600 athletes and officials housed at the NEC Hotel Campus, 1,900 at The University of Warwick, and the principal village with 2,800 at The University of Birmingham.”

The decision by the Games Partnership to move away from the Perry Barr regeneration development t follows reviews of the Covid-19 pandemic impact.

In a press statement, the Birmingham City Council said: “With a shorter than normal timeframe for delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Games, the new build accommodation site was under continued review from the outset, with expert consultation throughout, and had very little scope to withstand the impact Covid-19 has had on construction.

“The Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme, with new housing and transport infrastructure, will still be delivered.  This council-led residential scheme has been accelerated due to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and has been made possible with additional investment from central government.”

The new three-site campus model for Birmingham 2022 athlete accommodation is planned to be delivered with an estimated investment of £778m.

Illustration of Commonwealth Games Village in the UK. (Credit: Birmingham City Council)

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