Willmott Dixon has completed a new year-round complex for The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon – receiving top points from British tennis player Tim Henman.
The timber clad facility was started after The Championships in 2019 and continued through the pandemic.
Willmott was able to continue works by adopting Covid-19 safety guidelines, directed by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).
The tennis facility includes 12 new courts (six indoor acrylic and six outdoor clay) in part beneath a unique undulating double-curved roof, as well as a clubhouse, and an underground tunnel connecting to the main estate.
A 338-space underground car park was created which will also be used during The Championships.
A natural ventilation system was installed, as well as heat pumps and solar panels.
During construction, large volumes of waste material was diverted from landfill and transportation emissions were minimised, Willmott said.
AELTC board member, Tim Henman, said the new centre is the “finest facility of its kind that I have seen anywhere in the world”.
Adding: “It is a huge asset to the club and The Championships, and I am sure both amateur and professional players will relish the opportunity to use this facility in the future.”
Willmott also previously completed a £30 million fit-out of the East Stand at Twickenham Stadium.
Henman image credit: me (w:User:pfctdayelise), CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons.
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