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Planning application submitted for £70m Alexander Stadium redevelopment

Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

A £70 million planning application has been submitted to Birmingham City Council to redevelop Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr.

The plan, at the heart of the wider effort to regenerate Perry Barr, would see the venue become a high-quality venue for diverse sporting, leisure, community and cultural events over decades to come.

The stadium at Walsall Road is set to be the focal point of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics events.

The redeveloped stadium should have an increased permanent seating capacity from 12,700 up to 18,000, – allowing more than 30,000 people in during the games through additional temporary seating.

Post-Games, it would be at the centre of a regenerated Perry Barr, which is to receive more than £500 million of investment in the coming years. The scheme also includes new housing, improved transport and related upgrades to infrastructure and public space.

The revamped stadium is set to host a range of tenants including Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club and Birmingham City University.

The stadium will provide a new home for the university’s sports and exercise students, bringing a new partnership and purpose to the stadium beyond athletics – as well as becoming a focal point for a range of leisure, health, wellbeing and community activities for local residents and the wider general public.

During the summer’s pre-consultation engagement activity more than 120 stakeholders and about 2,000 neighbouring residents and businesses were consulted on the proposals.

Ian Ward, councillor and leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The application will now be considered by the planning department over the next few months and we welcome further feedback and comments from anyone with an interest in the stadium and its future. This is about creating a destination venue, shaping a legacy beyond the Commonwealth Games.”

It is expected that a final decision will be taken on the proposals by the city council’s planning committee in early 2020.

Subject to planning approval, construction of the new stand will begin in spring 2020, with completion in late 2021 ahead of test events for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The design now out for consultation will also facilitate the temporary games overlay elements and additional infrastructure needed to deliver the 2022 games. Further detail regarding the games overlay will be consulted on at a later date.

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