Long-term use of showpiece Commonwealth Games stadium to be revealed in plan

A plan for the future long-term use of the centrepiece stadium of the Commonwealth Games is set to be presented.

Alexander Stadium was a vibrant and noisy place during the Commonwealth Games and the business case aims to look at the year-round use of the stadium
Alexander Stadium was a vibrant and noisy place during the Commonwealth Games and the business case aims to look at the year-round use of the stadium

The plan to secure a lasting, positive, legacy for the renovated Alexander Stadium and surrounding parkland after the Commonwealth Games is due before the city council’s Cabinet on October 11.

The full business case (FBC) for the £21 million of legacy developments aligns with the wider Perry Barr 2040 masterplan, which was formally approved earlier this year.

In a report to Cabinet members, the Alexander Stadium and Perry Park are described as being at the heart of the area’s regeneration, which is seeing more than £750million being invested in new homes, improved highways and public transport links as well as the delivery of community facilities and infrastructure.

Access to high-quality facilities for sport and recreation is cited an important aspect of the future vision for the area.

Among the plans will be extended and enhanced gym and leisure facilities, a new visitor centre and cafe in Perry Park and new physical activity installations, pathways and cycle routes in the park.

The council is also working with Birmingham City University and other future tenants on the offering for elite and community sports provision in the Stadium complex, including the neighbouring High Performance Centre.

Work to remove the temporary overlay and structures that were put in place for the Commonwealth Games is ongoing.

Some activity, such as gymnastics classes at the Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre, has already resumed at the wider Stadium site, which is also home to Birchfield Harriers athletics club, whose members will benefit from the new world-class facilities.

If approved, the programme of works within the FBC will be carried out in phases, and will be completed between early 2023 and spring 2024.

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium was always about much more than the eleven days of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games sport, which were so glorious and memorable.

“Through these proposals, we have an investment programme that will ensure the venue and its surrounds have a broad range of uses for everyone from the people of Perry Barr to students to elite sports performers.

“The old Alexander Stadium struggled to have a meaningful year-round purpose – but our legacy from this redevelopment is to address that shortcoming and for Birmingham to be home to the premier athletics facility in the UK.”

The FBC and related Cabinet papers can be viewed at shorturl.at/blmUV

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