The completion date of the revamped £72 million Alexander Stadium has been pushed back to April 2022 – just three months before the Commonwealth Games are due to begin.
And the £584 million Athletes Village project could also miss its March 31 deadline, with the council admitting that ‘a detailed analysis of the impact of Covid-19 is being undertaken in collaboration with partners’.
The dates have been revealed by the council ahead of next week’s full council meeting (June 14), in response to written questions from councillors.
The council says everything is on course as required to get the stadium games ready, and that it is on schedule and on budget.
Initially the stadium was expected to be completed by ‘late 2021’, with work beginning on the site in May of last year.
However it now appears that Covid-19 has had a substantial impact on the project, with the council saying in a statement: “The practical completion date for the legacy stadium is 1st April 2022.
“This is in advance of the date for exclusive use of the site by the B2022 Organising Committee, for their delivery of the additional overlay required to get the stadium ‘games ready’.”
No official completion date has ever been issued for the village, with indications that it would be completed in ‘early 2022’.
However, the council had previously announced that it would be handing the village over to the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee by March 31 – the date it now says the project will be completed by.
“The revised baseline Practical Completion date is 31 March 2022 for the Games Time Accommodation,” a spokesperson for the council said.
“As at the end of May 2020, a detailed analysis of the impact of Covid-19 is being undertaken in collaboration with partners.”
The news has helped re-spark the debate over the Perry Barr flyover, with campaigners insisting that its demolition is unnecessary and will only delay things further.
And Perry Barr Councillor Jon Hunt, one of the leading voices in the fight against the demolition of the flyover, says that it is ‘incredibly risky’ to have the proposed completion dates so close to the start of the Games.
“I think it’s incredibly risky to leave it so late,” he said.
“They should scale back the work and abandon the unnecessary roadworks at Perry Barr. I was surprised they decided to keep it to 2022 but if that is the plan, they need to put an end to the overreach.”