UK Athletics is set to establish a high-performance centre in Birmingham ©Birmingham City Council

Birmingham is set to be home to a new UK Athletics (UKA) performance and innovation centre which will be located on the redeveloped Alexander Stadium campus and is hoped to further the site's Commonwealth Games legacy.

The facility was confirmed after a partnership was agreed between the governing body and the City Council following Birmingham 2022.

It is expected to open in the northern hemisphere summer of 2023.

"For some time, UKA has aspired to have an environment which adds value to the daily training of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, where training and performance insight can be taken to the next level and rival international competitors," said UKA chief executive Jack Buckner.

"The creation of the Performance and Innovation Centre will help us to achieve this."

The centre will be designed for the primary use of UKA's world class programme for athletes and coaches.

The new facility is set to be used by UK Athletics world class programme for athletes and coaches ©Getty Images
The new facility is set to be used by UK Athletics world class programme for athletes and coaches ©Getty Images

It is claimed that it will enable world-leading capability to understand track and field performance through enhanced technology and analytics.

UKA's increased presence on site is hoped to complement a range of existing tenants such as Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club and Birmingham City University, which is set to establish a campus at the Stadium for sports and exercise students.

"I am delighted that Birmingham, through this performance and innovation centre, will play a key role in the development and success of future generations of world-class talent," said Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council.

"But just as important is the enhanced purpose it brings to our new facilities.

"The Commonwealth Games always needed to be about more than 11 fantastic days of sport - through partnerships like this and other things we are working on, the Stadium will become a focal point for health, wellbeing, education and community activity for everyone from the people of Perry Barr to elite-level athletes."