Plans approved for Alexander Stadium redevelopment in Birmingham, UK

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jan 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Birmingham Council’s Planning Committee had given its green signal for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium in preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The £72m redevelopment plan will increase the permanent seating capacity of the stadium from the present 12,700 to 18,000. It will also allow for additional temporary seating, reaching a total of over 30,000.

The stadium, located at Walsall Road, Perry Barr, will host the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, where the opening and the closing ceremonies along with the athletics performances during the 11-day event, will be conducted. The events will feature participation from 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories.

As part of the revamp, a new western stand replacing the Main, Knowles and Nelson stands will be built, along with new tiered seating to the north and south.

A new 400m, six-lane warm-up track and re-laying of a new IAAF Category 1 track will be built. Public realm and parking provision will be improved with additional landscaping, with new signage being added.

A new practice throwing field will be built along with new lighting installation. A new access road from A453 Aldridge Road will be built, which will be used for events and maintenance.

After the Commonwealth Games event, the new stadium is expected to receive more than £500m in investment in the coming years. The investment will be used for improving housing, transport and related upgrades to infrastructure and public space.

The revamped stadium will also host several tenants such as Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club and Birmingham City University. It will become a new home for the university’s sports and exercise students, offering new partnerships and could become a focal point for a range of leisure, health and community activities for local residents and the wider general public.

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward said: “We’ve always been clear that Birmingham 2022 is about much more than 11 days of fantastic world-class sporting action. The Games are about regeneration, improved health and wellbeing, promoting the city on a global stage and building civic pride.

“This particular scheme is integral to all of those aims and benefits – the eyes of the Commonwealth and indeed the wider world will be on the venue during the Games, but the longer-term opportunities the improved stadium will offer a regenerated Perry Barr, and indeed the wider region and nation, mean the delivery of this scheme is crucial for the city’s future.”

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Image: Rendering of a revamped Alexander Stadium. (Credit: Birmingham City Council.)

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