Northern Irish construction firm McLaughlin & Harvey (MCLH) has reportedly won the contract to redevelop Alexander Stadium to ensure it fulfils its position as the centrepiece of Birmingham’s staging of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Building website said MCLH has landed the deal ahead of McLaren, with formal confirmation expected next week. The tender process commenced in May and in August, McLaughlin & Harvey, along with Buckingham Group and McLaren were said to have been the frontrunners for the contract.

MCLH will reportedly start work on the site towards the end of April, with the goal of completing the revamp by the end of 2021. Arup is responsible for the redesign of the stadium.

In January, Birmingham City Council’s planning committee approved the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium. The £72m (€80.7m/$89.9m) project will see the stadium’s capacity permanently increase from 12,700 to 18,000, with temporary seating for more than 30,000 fans during the Games.

The stadium is set to serve as the hub of the multi-sport event, hosting athletics events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Following the Games, the stadium will be the centrepiece of the regenerated Perry Bar area, which is benefiting from more than £500m of investment in the coming years. The stadium will also host tenants such as the Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club and Birmingham City University.

TheStadiumBusiness.com has contacted MCLH for comment.