Birmingham City Council has appointed Lendlease to develop its legacy offering for the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes village including plans to convert the site into a scheme comprising social housing, for sale and private rental homes and a retirement village after the games.
The 1,400-home athletes village in Perry Bar will be built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus and will house 6,500 athletes during the Games which will run from 27 July to 7 August 2022. Demolition of existing BCU buildings on the site began and June and is expected to complete shortly.
Alongside housing, the site will also feature a running track and green spaces located next to the Alexander Stadium where the track and field events will take place. The council’s planning committee is due to consider the proposals for the legacy residential-led development next month.
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “It’s great to have Lendlease on board. They have an unmatched track record of delivering major projects like this on time and to the highest quality. I’m pleased to welcome them to the team and I have every confidence that they will work well with us to deliver a development that will be used for the Commonwealth Games Village that we can all be proud of in 2022 and beyond.”
Lendlease previously served as the development partner for the London 2012 Olympic Village. Lendlease has subsequently converted the site into a £2.4bn mixed-use development via the Stratford City Business District (SCBD) joint venture with LCR.
Dan Labbad, chief executive for Europe at Lendlease, added: “The city of Birmingham has an exciting future that will further its global recognition and increase its influence on culture and industry across the UK. It’s great to be part of this growth and we look forward to working with Birmingham City Council to create a place that will positively benefit local people and visitors while creating more jobs, more homes and a legacy that surpasses this historic event.”