The Queen’s Baton Relay is one of the Commonwealth Games’ most exciting programmes and one that can truly reach people from all over the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Baton Relay has been the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the 1958 Games in Cardiff.
Traditionally, the Baton commences its journey at Buckingham Palace when H.M. Queen Elizabeth II places her message inside the Baton. The Queen passes the Baton to the first of thousands of Batonbearers that will carry this message safely across the Commonwealth on a journey that celebrates the Commonwealth, communities and sport. Following this epic journey, the Baton will arrive at the Opening Ceremony, where the Queen’s message is read to the assembled athletes, officially declaring the Commonwealth Games open.
At the heart of this journey is the Baton itself; as it is passed between people, the Baton celebrates the Commonwealth, engaging with young and old, increasing our sense of connection and our understanding of each other whilst shining a light on Birmingham and the West Midlands in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.
The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Ltd seeks to appoint a supplier to design, engineer and fabricate the Queen’s Baton for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay.
The supplier will be required to develop a creative design for the Baton, as well as engineer, manufacture and develop a plan for servicing the Baton.
The Organising Committee are looking for the most innovative and creative approaches to the design and fabrication of the Baton.
Those registering interest will be invited to an online Applicant Briefing session 1-3pm Tuesday 19 January 2021. (Anyone who registers after the session on 19th January will have access to a recording of the session.)
Deadline for stage 1 of the application process is 12 midday Monday 1 February 2021.