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Ministers pledge cash for Glenn Howells and Glancy Nicholls’ 2022 Athletes’ Village

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Ministers have promised £165 million to help create more than 5,000 homes in Birmingham, including the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes’ village drawn up by Glancy Nicholls Architects and Glenn Howells Architects

The government this week announced the cash to unlock regeneration in the Perry Barr area of the West Midlands city as part of a series of measures designed to boost housebuilding.

Plans for the 2022 athletes’ village on the site of a former Birmingham City University campus were submitted to planners this summer. A decision is expected by the end of 2018.

Glancy Nicholls drew up the masterplan for the site as well as working with Glenn Howells to create detailed designs for 11 individual plots.

Now ministers have put forward funding for the village, which would accommodate 6,500 athletes and officials during the Games and transform into 1,400 homes for local people in legacy mode.

The government also pledged to provide the money for later phases of works in Perry Barr, including upgrading a rail station.

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward said: ‘These projects will help us to deliver sustainable growth and investment into areas of the city that have been requiring it for some time, improving the quality of life for citizens.’

West Midlands mayor Andy Street added: ‘Today’s funding announcement supports a once-in-a-generation opportunity to regenerate and transform the Perry Barr area and will ensure the Games leave a lasting legacy for local communities for decades to come.’

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