Work has begun to add a retractable roof to Wimbledon’s No 1 Court to turn it into the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) second covered venue.
A video posted to Wimbledon’s Instagram account shows some of the court’s present roof being removed this week as building work got underway.
The second show court at the club will have a GBP£70m retractable roof in place by 2019.
The AELTC appointed UK-based architecture firm, KSS, to provide a full range of architectural and design services for the redevelopment of No.1 Court at Wimbledon.
The upgrades will include the construction of a new fixed and bespoke retractable roof providing cover to the entire playing surface allowing for uninterrupted play throughout The Championships.
The reconfigured No.1 Court includes the improvement of public facilities, 15 new hospitality suites on a completely remodelled level, catering facilities, commentary boxes and improved seating bringing the overall capacity to over 12,000 seats.
In addition, the redevelopment will provide the backdrop to a major new landscaped entrance plaza, whilst also providing spectacular views over the outer courts, which is part of a wider masterplan at Wimbledon.
The new retractable roof will improve the distinctive character of the No.1 Court and allow for natural light to reach the grass on the court creating optimum spectator comfort and player performance maintaining the tradition of the historic show court.
In 2009, similar work was carried out at Wimbledon with a 16m-high retractable roof installed at Centre Court ushering in a new era at the AELTC.
Mechanical Engineers: M-E Engineers
Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti
Image courtesy: KSS