Construction work on Commonwealth Games Village officially begins
Construction work on the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games started today (May 8).
- The development of on-site training and engagement facility and a related £1.28million package of training (thanks to funding unlocked by the West Midlands Combined Authority);
- 1,000 pre-employment training places, giving those involved the skills and industry accreditation to work on construction sites more widely in the city and region;
- 50 existing apprenticeships working on site via the project’s supply chain;
- The creation of 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer intern (6-week) placements;
- An overall total of 22,000 person weeks of training and employment opportunities (for the 2022 Games) against a benchmark for a project of this size of 18,000 person weeks.
Post-Games, the development will be converted into more than 1,400 homes for the people of Birmingham, the first phase of a long-term regeneration plan for Perry Barr and surrounding areas that will provide 5,000 homes – required as the city’s population is forecast to increase by 150,000 in the period covering 2011-2031.
As part of the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, the village will sit in legacy mode alongside improved open space, a redeveloped Alexander Stadium and related community, sport and leisure facilities as well as transport improvements including a new Sprint rapid bus service from Birmingham to Walsall. Upgrades to cycling and walking routes and a reconfiguration of the highways network along the A34 are also proposed.
And in order to engage with the Perry Barr community, the city council has today announced the launch of a programme of site visits for local schools and community organisations, full details of which will be announced in the months ahead.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform an area of Birmingham that has long needed investment, so I am hugely proud that the biggest sporting event in the city’s history will act as a catalyst for the development of a new high-quality residential neighbourhood.
“Perry Barr will provide a magnificent base for athletes in the summer of 2022 – and then go on to provide a genuine long-term Commonwealth Games legacy, by helping house the people of Birmingham in high-quality homes.
“This project is also offering a great boost to the local economy and the skills sector, opening up a whole host of career and training opportunities for those working on the site over the next few years.
“We are fully committed to working with local residents, businesses and those that travel in and around Perry Barr to keep them updated on all of the developments through a programme of engagement as we are mindful of the fact there is a huge amount of change set to take place in the coming years.
“But the way in which local, regional and central government have come together to make this plan a reality in such a short space of time, doing three years of work in just one, is a clear example of our collective determination to put on a great event and to regenerate and reposition our city.”
Planning permission was unanimously granted for the £520million scheme by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee back in December 2018.
In recognition of the importance of the scheme as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, financial support towards the overall cost has been secured for the council-led scheme from central government (£165million) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (£20million).
Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Mims Davies MP, said:
“Great progress is being made in Perry Barr. I am delighted that through £165million of government funding, this important project will not only play a vital role in the 2022 Commonwealth Games but also the long-term regeneration of the area.
“This is about more than just new buildings. The local community will also feel the benefits of improved transport links and have more opportunities to volunteer, develop new skills or find new jobs.
“I look forward to continuing to work with our local partners to make sure we make the most of the opportunities that the Games will bring.”
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said:
“I’m delighted to be here today as the first spade goes into the ground at what will be a superb home from home for the athletes and a fantastic legacy for the city – leaving more than 1,000 new homes for people here after the Games.
“The combined authority has been instrumental in securing government funding and we look forward to seeing the project come to fruition and people making the most of the opportunities for jobs and homes in the future.”
A blog, outlining key details of the Perry Barr area of Birmingham, is available to read in conjunction with this story.
Article credit: Birmingham City Council.