The planned athletes’ village for the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been given a multi-million cash boost from the Government. The site, at Perry Barr in Birmingham, will be home to thousands of athletes, coaches and Games officials before being transformed into more than 1,400 new homes for local people once the event is over.
Now the Government has chipped in with £165 million to support the wider regeneration of the area.
It will help finance the construction of the athletes’ village and boost major transport infrastructure such as upgrading the local railway station.
5k homes across the city
Construction on the site is due to start in 2019 through the West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council. The finance from the Government will be used to boost the number of homes provided to around 5,100 across the city.
The accommodation in the athletes’ village will follow the blueprint set by Glasgow after that city hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games. There the properties were converted into a range of homes available through social housing, with affordable rent, for private rent and as private homes.
The Perry Barr site will also include a care village for older people and a community centre.