Willmott Dixon has been chosen by The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to build a new members’ tennis complex adjacent to Wimbledon.
The Somerset Road project will see Willmott Dixon demolish the existing indoor courts and replace them with a facility that will significantly enhance the AELTC’s offering for both its Members year-round and competitors during The Championships.
The project includes 12 new tennis courts (six indoor and six outdoor) and associated clubhouse facilities; a single-storey underground car park for up to 338 vehicles that will be the hub of The Championships’ courtesy car operation; an enhanced arrivals experience for competitors at The Championships; and upgraded Centre Court chiller plant.
The building’s double-curved roof structure and surrounding landscaping will ensure it blends in sensitively with the local area, retaining the AELTC’s guiding principle of ‘tennis in an English garden’ throughout its Grounds.
The upgrade is part of the AELTC’s Master Plan and has been commissioned to ensure Wimbledon remains the finest stage in world tennis, while also offering the best facilities for AELTC Members throughout the year.
Work will commence in August 2019 and the project is programmed to be completed by the end of October 2021.
This is the latest high profile London landmark Willmott Dixon has been appointed to redevelop.
The company recently delivered new hospitality facilities over five storeys at Twickenham’s East Stand and restored the Commonwealth Institute building into a new home for the Design Museum.
Roger Forsdyke, managing director for Willmott Dixon in South London and the South East said:
We are looking forward to be working with The All England Lawn Tennis Club to create these superb new facilities in a location that is synonymous with excellence in everything associated with tennis.
We’ll be bringing our experience of working in live environments to ensure we keep any impact of work on the local community to an absolute minimum – something underlined by our projects regularly scoring above average marks by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Images courtesy of AELTC.