McLaughlin & Harvey, Buckingham Group Contracting and McLaren are among the firms to have submitted bids to redevelop Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, according to Construction Enquirer.

The winning bid will be selected from a shortlist of up to six companies next year, with the contract reportedly worth £63m (€68m/$77m) at the stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies in addition to the athletics programme.

Under the plans, the permanent capacity of the stadium at Walsall Road in Perry Park will be increased from 12,700 to 18,000, with temporary seating then allowing the total to balloon to 40,000 for the Commonwealth Games.

New west, north and south stands will be built, with the 5,000-seat back straight stand, which opened seven years ago, being retained.

There will be improved parking, with additional landscaping and signage, as well as a new access road to be used for event and maintenance use only. There will also be new stadium lighting and a new practice throwing field.

Arup has been working on initial stadium design renderings that were revealed in June by Birmingham City Council, which has hired Mace as the project manager.

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