Birmingham City Council is recruiting a design team for a £70 million overhaul of Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr
The selected team will transform the 40-year-old athletics arena into a 40,000-capacity main venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which was awarded to the West Midlands city in December.
The project will upgrade the track and field stadium by replacing its existing Knowles, Main & Nelson stands and creating a series of temporary seating structures.
According to the brief: ‘The stadium currently consists of 12,700 permanent seats housed in four stands. The back straight stand built in 2012 with a capacity of 5,000 will remain for the games period. The remaining three stands (Knowles, Main & Nelson) will be demolished and rebuilt for the games.
‘Design services for the development of Alexander Stadium – to include the construction of a new stand (to replace the three above) – will increase the permanent capacity post games to 20,000. For the games period, temporary structures will be put in place to create a 40,000-seat stadium for the opening, closing ceremonies and athletics event.’
Owned and operated by Birmingham City Council, the Alexander Stadium was constructed in 1976 and significantly modernised six years ago. The suburban venue has hosted both the Amateur Athletics Association Championships and Disability World Athletics Championships along with music concerts.
In December, it was announced that Birmingham had been chosen to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, beating a rival bid from Liverpool. Both the opening and closing ceremonies for the £750 million sporting tournament will be hosted inside the Alexander Stadium.
The project will see the 12,700-capacity stadium temporarily enlarged to host 40,000 spectators before being permanently reconfigured to feature 20,000 seats. A new 400m outdoor practice running track will also be constructed at a high-performance athletics centre on site.
More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations are expected to participate in the games, which will feature 18 sports. Proposals which support the creation of a new ‘high-quality aspirational neighbourhood’ in the surrounding Perry Barr area will also be required.
The deadline for applications is midday, 18 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Corporate Procurement Services
Birmingham City Council
Tel: +44 1214648000
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