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Regeneration of Perry Barr

Birmingham Games 2022 Legacy

Glancy Nicholls Architects were appointed as the Executive Architect for the residential redevelopment of the former Birmingham City University campus in Perry Barr. Additionally, we provided detailed designs for a number of plots and the delivery of the site’s Later Living provision.

Working closely with the City’s planning and fellow consultant teams, our design is the catalyst for the greater regeneration of the Perry Barr area. The scheme looks to provide over 1,400 new residences, including amenity and recreation areas, to create a new and vibrant community for those living in the neighbourhood, as well as provide facilities for the greater Perry Barr area.

The scheme boosts inclusivity in Birmingham, with sustainable design and huge transport investment, spearheading resident behavioural change to progress towards a low carbon future. It raises the aspiration of local inner city living, reducing the carbon footprint to provide efficient and sustainable living. The scheme offers a mix of tenures to meet housing needs, including market sale and rent, and affordable and extra care units, all catering to the formation of a diverse new community. It will also benefit from the new public transport links, including improvements to the Perry Barr train station, together with a new bus interchange, along with Sprint routes that are planned to stop at the gateway into the site.


  • RICS Awards 2022
    Residential Project West Midland
Aerial view of masterplan
Regeneration of Perry Barr

We are delighted with the quality of service Glancy Nicholls Architects are providing. They are extremely dedicated and highly professional, providing innovative solutions and ensuring Birmingham City Council are involved at all stages.”

Clive Skidmore, Assistant Director Housing Development Housing Investment and Development Team, Birmingham City Council


The regeneration of Perry Barr was an exciting and challenging masterplan that was the catalyst for the greater Perry Barr Area. Originally designed to be the home of the athlete’s village for the 2022 commonwealth games the new village was designed with flexibility, accessibility and adaptability in mind.

Glancy Nicholls worked closely with Birmingham City Council, supporting them in their bid for the commonwealth games, becoming the lead architect for the athletes village and driving the vision for the whole development. From the start of the project the scheme had a dual purpose, initially provide a temporary home for up to 6,500 athletes, para athletes and officials and then be capable of being converted post event, with minimum work, to provide over 1400 much needed new homes across a range of tenures and housing types as part of the legacy.