Proof that it is not only east London benefiting from the 2012 Olympics jamboree.
Great Britain’s two largest athletics governing bodies are to move to a new headquarters at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics, beating a rival bid from the 2012 Olympics site in east London. Both bodies are long-term Brum tenants so it would have been a big blow had they left for Stratford, but there we are. Here is the story:
UK Athletics and England Athletics have signed a 10-year lease for 11,000 sq ft of offices in the stadium’s new grandstand.
Birmingham council and the venue were vying for the letting against the Olympics 2012 site in Stratford, east London.
UK Athletics is relocating its national headquarters from Blythe Valley Business Park in Solihull to the stadium in Perry Park as it prepares. It will move 80 staff into a new suite of offices forming part of the venue’s £12.8m grandstand completed by Thomas Vale.
England Athletics will be leaving Birmingham International Park to move alongside UK Athletics, moving 20 staff to the site.
KWB Office advised Birmingham council on the letting.
UKA’s CEO Niels de Vos said: “We’ve enjoyed working with KWB throughout this process. Relocating the HQ of any organisation can be a complicated matter, and this is made all the more challenging as we approach the start of the Olympic year. As the governing body to the Nation’s favourite Olympic sport, the expert advice from KWB has more than matched up to the standards we expect.”
The USA track and field team will use the Alexander Stadium’s training facilities during the build up to the London Olympics.