Birmingham 2022 will use multi-site Athlete Villages


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In Summary

General | 12th August 2020
The organisers of Birmingham 2022 have announced athletes and officials will be housed in three ‘campus’ villages at The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick and The NEC Hotel Campus.

In Detail

This new campus model will see 1,600 athletes and officials housed at the NEC Hotel Campus, 1,900 at The University of Warwick, and the principal village with 2,800 at The University of Birmingham.

The decision to move away from the single site athletes’ village in the Perry Barr area of the city has been made by the Games Partnership with just under two years to go, after reviewing the impact of the global health pandemic.

It follows an assessment by the project delivery team, who has been working with the construction supply chain, as well as independent experts, on how they could de-risk Games delivery. With a shorter than normal timeframe for delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Games, the new build accommodation site was under continued review from the outset, with expert consultation throughout, and had very little scope to withstand the impact COVID-19 has had on construction.

The Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme, with new housing and transport infrastructure, will still be delivered. This council-led residential scheme has been accelerated due to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and has been made possible with additional investment from central government.

The new three-site campus model for Birmingham 2022 athlete accommodation will be delivered within the overall Games budget of £778 million, with the Games remaining on track to be delivered on time and on budget.

The decision to move to three campus villages across the West Midlands has the support of athlete representatives and Commonwealth Games Associations across the world who have been told of the new plans.

The University of Birmingham

  • Already confirmed as a competition venue for Hockey and Squash, close to the Cricket
  • Approximately 2,800 bed spaces
  • Overall single en-suite accommodation, with potential to increase capacity in larger studio rooms
  • Substantial internal catering space and external spaces for extension
  • £55million development of The Sport & Fitness Club that features a 50m swimming pool, a large multi-sports arena, six glass-backed squash courts, a 10m climbing wall and five activity studios, as well as extensive rugby pitches. The gym boasts over 200 pieces of equipment and weights training space and it is already used by elite athletes from across the University sporting roster

The University of Warwick

  • £49 million recent investment into the site. Featuring a huge sports hall, 12-lane 25-metre swimming pool complete with a movable floor, state-of-the-art gym, studio spaces, climbing walls, squash and netball courts, and outdoor pitches, visiting athletes will have every aspect of the facilities at their disposal.
  • Substantial catering, recreational and other facilities
  • Single room ensuite accommodation
  • Approximately 1,900 bed spaces
  • UoW Accommodation is close to Rugby Sevens, Lawn Bowls, Judo and Wrestling competition venues

The NEC Hotel Campus has world-class credentials in hosting global visitors to the region, and athletes and team officials will be close to NEC competition venues and training facilities, minimising transportation requirements.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "The key physical legacy from Birmingham 2022 is a regenerated Perry Barr – and by working closely with our Games Partners that is absolutely secure going forward.

"Work to deliver housing which is currently ongoing will continue in the months and years to come as part of the wider plan to deliver 5,000 much needed homes for people in this area of the city. "The fact we are moving straight to legacy on the residential scheme gives the council and its partners a chance to review the longer-term plans for homes in Perry Barr, to ensure they best meet the needs of local people.

"We will engage with local communities and offer more precise details on project timescales in due course. "Put simply, this decision on the future of residential scheme brings greater certainty for the Commonwealth Games and will help us define a vision for Perry Barr which has the wellbeing of the community at its heart, to deliver the best possible legacy from the Games."