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Alexander Stadium revamp faces delays

The redevelopment of Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium ahead of the 2022 Commonweath Games has been delayed until April 2022.

The new timescale means there will be just three months between the scheduled completion date of the works and the opening ceremony.

Minutes from a council meeting have revealed that the expected date of completion for the project is now April 1, 2022, against an original target date of late 2021.

Jon Hunt, councillor for Perry Barr, the area in which the Alexander Stadium is located, has described the time frame as “very risky”, the Birmingham Mail said, adding:

They should scale back the work and abandon the unnecessary roadworks at Perry Barr. I was surprised they decided to keep it to 2022 but if that is the plan, they need to put an end to the overreach.

The council has also warned that the £584 million Athletes’ Village project could miss its deadline of March 31.

Proposals for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium were approved in January, marking a major milestone in the preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

At the heart of the wider effort to regenerate Perry Barr, the £72 million plan will see the venue become a high-quality venue for diverse sporting, leisure, community and cultural events in the decades to come.

Initially, the stadium, at Walsall Road, Perry Barr, is set to be the focal point of the Games, hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the athletics events during the 11-day event which features 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations and territories.

The redevelopment of the stadium, which was approved by Birmingham City Council planers, would increase its permanent seating capacity from 12,700 to 18,000 allowing more than 30,000 during the Games through additional temporary seating.

Post-Games it will be at the centre of a regenerated Perry Barr, which is receiving more than £500 million of investment in the coming years, which 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 the world-famous Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club and Birmingham City University.

The stadium will provide a new home for the university’s sports and exercise students, bringing an exciting 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.

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