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Proposals for the athletes village that will be built by Lendlease for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham have been given the green light.
City planners this morning gave their backing to the scheme which will be used by competitors in the games and which will later be turned into a mixed-use development featuring more than 1,100 homes.
The scheme, which is located on the site of the former Birmingham City University in Perry Barr, will accommodate around 6,500 athletes and officials during the games.
After they have finished, the scheme, which has been designed by a team led by local firms Glancy Nicholls Architects and Glenn Howells Architects, will include 1,146 homes as well as 268 extra care apartments, more than 1,200 sq m of commercial space along with a community centre.
The site has been divided into 11 blocks ranging from two to 15 storeys.
Birmingham council leader Ian Ward said: “The regeneration of Perry Barr will be the most tangible and transformative legacy we achieve as a result of hosting the Games
“It shows the ‘can do’ attitude of the city council and its commitment to partnership working – by securing planning permission today, 364 days since the Games were awarded to Birmingham, we’ve successfully completed work that would normally a take a Host City three years to complete in just one.”
Local firm DSM Demolition is carrying out work at the site before main construction begins early next year.