Contractor sought for the Design and Construction of the Main Stand at Alexander Stadium

Birmingham City Council is looking to appoint a main contractor for the main construction works for the development of the Alexander Stadium site necessary to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and to achieve the legacy of a sustainable community sports facility.


The reimagined Alexander Stadium will see its capacity increased from 12,700 to 40,000 for the duration of the Games.


The chosen contractor will assist Arup – charged with delivering the redesign of Alexander Stadium – and Mace, the Project Manager.


The revamp of the stadium, which is already home to governing body UK Athletics, will see only the back straight stand – built in 2012 with a capacity of 5,000 – remain, with the other three stands to be demolished and rebuilt, increasing the stadium’s permanent capacity post the Birmingham 2022 tournament to 20,000. During the Games, temporary structures will be used to create a 40,000-seater stadium.


In addition to the new stand, a 400m outdoor practice running track will be permanently housed at a nearby high-performance centre, while new community sports facilities, a permanent warm-up track and a conference meeting space will also be part of the project.


The main contractor duties will be to undertake the below capital works:


  • Construction of a new west stand
  • Construction of the new north and south bowl seating
  • Remodelling of the site levels and access/egress points
  • Construction and installation of the main competition and warm up tracks
  • Formation of the throwing warm up field
  • Associated highway and infrastructure works
  • External works
  • Attenuation and drainage work


The contract will be for a duration of 3 years.


The the full job specification, along with details on how to subject a tender, is available to view on the In-Tend system at:


Completed selection questionnaires should be returned by noon 7th June 2019.


Construction work on Commonwealth Games Village officially begins

Construction work on the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games started this week.


A ground-breaking ceremony was staged at the Commonwealth Games Village site in Perry Barr – which will provide a home away from home for around 6,500 athletes and officials coming to the city in the summer of 2022.


Members of the local community including pupils from Arena Academy were joined by dignitaries from the Games Partners – the organisations that have joined forces to deliver the 2022 Commonwealth Games – as well as Team England athletes to mark the occasion.


The construction work for this residential element of the village, built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus, is due for completion in early 2022.


Commitments secured by the council through various mechanisms, including the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, mean that the lead contractor on the residential element of the Commonwealth Games Village will provide:


  • The development of on-site training and engagement facility and a related £1.28m package of training (thanks to funding unlocked by the West Midlands Combined Authority)
  • 1,000 pre-employment training places, giving those involved the skills and industry accreditation to work on construction sites more widely in the city and region
  • 50 existing apprenticeships working on site via the project’s supply chain
  • The creation of 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer intern (6-week) placements
  • An overall total of 22,000 person weeks of training and employment opportunities (for the 2022 Games) against a benchmark for a project of this size of 18,000 person weeks


Post-Games, the development will be converted into more than 1,400 homes for the people of Birmingham, the first phase of a long-term regeneration plan for Perry Barr and surrounding areas that will provide 5,000 homes – required as the city’s population is forecast to increase by 150,000 in the period covering 2011-2031.


As part of the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, the village will sit in legacy mode alongside improved open space, a redeveloped Alexander Stadium and related community, sport and leisure facilities as well as transport improvements including a new Sprint rapid bus service from Birmingham to Walsall. Upgrades to cycling and walking routes and a reconfiguration of the highways network along the A34 are also proposed.


And in order to engage with the Perry Barr community, the city council has announced the launch of a programme of site visits for local schools and community organisations, full details of which will be announced in the months ahead.


Images, courtesy: Birmingham City Council


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