New Grandstand Alexander Stadium

Client: Birmingham City Council

Value: £13.5m

Duration: 3 years to date


This project is part of the first phase of a major redevelopment of  Alexander Stadium in Birmingham to eventually provide a state of the art 35,000 seater athletics stadium for the city. The long term plan is to enable it to play host to the 2022 Common Wealth Games should there be a successful bid. The project incorporates Europe’s largest Solar panel roof which generates sufficient power for the Training Facility and the overall stadium complex.

Thomas Vale has successfully completed the installation of a new international standard BMX track with associated spectator areas, car parking and external works. The latest phase of the redevelopment was the new 500 seat grandstand built adjacent to the back straight of the running track. Extensive re modelling of the existing ground contours were neccessary to accomodate thr neccessary sight lines required from the new seats to the track.

Constructed in steel and precast concrete on CFA piled foundations the grandstand boasts a tensile fabric structure to much of its closed facade. The facility provides fixed seating for 5000 spectators including 30 assisted wheelchair spaces. Toilets, a First Aid room and a food concession outlet are provided on the second floor public concourse. Beneath the grandstand the design allows for 2500sqm of self contained Office space on two floors with interconnecting stairs and lift together with a 535 sq meter public gym which includes showers and changing facilities. The stadium has achieved a BREEAM “very good” rating.