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INSPIRATION: 2018 Gold Coast athletes village was a success

A FORMER university campus is set to the location for the athletes village at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The site, in Perry bar, will host accommodation for 6,500 athletes and officials when it is complete but it is the benefits around building over 1000 affordable homes which has most endeared itself to locals in the north-west part of Birmingham

As part of the Village development, there are plans to invest in wider infrastructure
in the surrounding area, including local access improvements, a proposed new bus interchange, the introduction of a SPRINT rapid bus service along the A34, and work to upgrade Perry Barr railway station.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council and chair of the Birmingham 2022 bid team, said: “Our proposal to bring the Games to Birmingham had a number of key strengths, including our outstanding track record of staging major sporting events, and having almost all of the competition venues in place.

“The development of the Village is therefore the largest new-build element of the Games – and will help rejuvenate Perry Barr and the wider surrounding area, meaning there will be a meaningful and lasting legacy for the people of Birmingham, in particular those living near the heart of the action in 2022.

GOLD COAST: A section of the most recent Commonwealth Games residential area

“We have a desperate need for high-quality housing in the city and it would have been much trickier to meet that demand if we had not been successful in our bid to host the Games.

“A major regeneration programme like this will result in some degree of local disruption in the short-term and we recognise that patience will be required, but the long-term gains will far outweigh this.

“We are committed to engage with and involve local residents and businesses every step of the way over the next four years.”

Ashley Innes, the Birmingham City Council project manager for the Athletes’ Village who has been studying closely the Athletes’ Village at Gold Coast 2018, told the Birmingham Mail: “The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village will provide over 1,000 much needed new homes for an area of the city where we have identified a need for additional housing, this will be supported by improvements to transport and community infrastructure.”

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