Centrepiece arena due to be finished by the end of 2021

Work to redevelop Alexander Stadium ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games is set to kick off in the second quarter of next year.

Planning documents, which were submitted to Birmingham council yesterday, have revealed the main package of work on the £70m scheme is expected to wrap up by the end of 2021.

The documents also show that Arcadis has been appointed QS on the project.

In October last year, the council confirmed Arup had been chosen to redesign the stadium, which will host all the games’ athletics events, plus the opening and closing ceremonies.

That same week Mace was appointed project manager on the scheme.

Other firms to have landed roles as the city races to be ready in time for the event, which starts in late July 2022, include Lendlease, which bagged the contract to build the £350m athletes’ village, and Wates which has won the right to build the new £50m Sandwell Aquatic Centre, which will host the swimming and diving events.

The stadium will increase its permanent seating capacity from 12,700 to 18,000 allowing more than 30,000 during the Games through additional temporary seating.

The public has until 7 November to comment on the planning application

It is anticipated a final decision will be take on the proposals by the city council’s planning committee early next year.

The design now being consulted upon will also facilitate the temporary ‘Games overlay’ elements and additional infrastructure needed to deliver the 2022 Games. 

Phasing strategy

Construction sub-phaseActivitiesConstruction programmeQuarter

Phase 1
Section A

Construction of the new warm up track, throwing field, and associated access

12 months

Q2 2020 – Q4 2020

Phase 1
Section B

Construction of the new stadium and associated external landscaping

27 months

Q2 2020 – Q4 2020

Phase 1
Section C

Retained access to the HPAC, GMAC and East Stand

18 months

Q2 2020 – Q4 2020

Indoor facilities

Games Overlay construction – construction of all temporary elements associated with the Games

3 months

Q2 – Q3 2022