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15/02/2018

Birmingham to build 1,000 homes in Commonwealth Games village

Words: Laura Edgar
1,000 units to house Birmingham Commonwealth Games athletes / iStock-635991426

Birmingham City Council has announced plans to build around 1,000 homes to accommodate up to 6,500 competitors and officials for when it hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

As well as the housing, the Games Village is also expected to comprise dining, medical, transport and other essential services.

It will be located on a 24-hectare site at Perry Barr off the A452 Aldridge Road. The site is current home to the old University of Central England and Birmingham City University campus, a mile from Alexander Stadium.

The homes will consist of one and two-bedroom apartments, and three and four-bed town houses.

After the games, the accommodation will be converted and become available as a mixture of homes for sale, market rent, and social and affordable rent. This will be done through the city council’s Birmingham Housing Trust and In-Reach rental initiative.

There are plans to invest in the wider infrastructure network as part of the development of the Games Village, including local access improvements and a new bus interchange.

The city council says the development will act as a catalyst for “significant” housing growth in Perry Barr as the first phase of a wider programme to deliver up to 3,000 new homes. The homes will help the council to meet its housing target of 50,000 new homes, laid out in the Birmingham Development Plan, adopted in January 2017.

Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council and chair of the Birmingham 2022 bid team, said the development of the Games Village will help rejuvenate Perry Barr and the wider surrounding area, “meaning there will be a meaningful and lasting legacy for the people of Birmingham, in particular those living near the heart of the action in 2022”.

“We have a desperate need for high-quality housing in the city and it would have been much trickier to meet that demand if we had not been successful in our bid to host the games,” continued Ward.

A programme of public engagement is being developed that aims to ensure those living and working near the site will have full information on all aspects of the project as it evolves.

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