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Work on Commonwealth Games Village gets underway

The village will house around 6,500 athletes in around 1,000 homes. Credit: Birmingham 2022

Work on the residential element of the Commonwealth Games Village gets underway today in Birmingham.

The village which is close to the Perry Barr greyhound stadium and the One Stop Shopping Centre, will house around 6,500 athletes in around 1,000 homes.

The site is the current location of the old University of Central England (UCE) and Birmingham City University (BCU) campus.

The village will be built near the current Perry Barr greyhound stadium. Credit: Birmingham 2022

The village will be made up of a mix of one and two-bed apartments as well as three and four-bed town houses.

After the Games, the properties will be converted to provide around 1,400 new homes across a range of tenures – social and affordable rent, homes for sale, and for private rent – creating a new high-quality residential neighbourhood for Perry Barr.

The ceremony to mark the official start of the construction work will be attended by Team England athletes, local schoolchildren and community representatives.