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Thornton Tomasetti’s London office is responsible for ‘serving up’ structural and façade engineering services for the design of a new No. 1 Court development at The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) in Wimbledon, London.

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It’s that time of year again for Pimm’s and lemonade, strawberries and cream, and the familiar purple and green of the oldest and arguably the most famous tennis tournament, The Championships, Wimbledon. Hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), it is the only Grand Slam still played on grass. As one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar, the brief to design the interiors for The Champions’ Room was focused on creating an enjoyable and unique customer journey.
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New-look Gatsby Club unveiled for The Championships, Wimbledon

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Hospitality provider Keith Prowse has redesigned The Gatsby Club to bring guests closer to the action by bringing the Wimbledon experience inside the award-winning venue. The exciting new interior will incorporate a colourful new scheme in keeping with the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s theme, ‘Tennis in an English Garden’.

As guests arrive at The Gatsby Club they will be fully immersed in to The Championship’s with intricate detail incorporating tennis racquets into the design, light boxes bringing the garden theme to life and a team of hostesses in show-stopping uniforms provided by Ted Baker. World-renowned chef Albert Roux OBE, who has designed and developed the menus, will be on hand to answer any questions about the three-course à la carte menu. Visitors can also enjoy words from high-profile guest speakers, such as Lindsay Davenport and Pat Cash.

A team of international mixologists from MIX Global will be on hand to serve an exquisite array of cocktails, from the elegant and refreshing ‘Grey Goose Le Fizz’ to bespoke cocktails designed especially for The Gatsby Club, including the ‘Wimbledon Cup’ and the ‘Gatsby Club’ house special, which features fresh raspberry syrup, orange bitters, fresh lemon and Bombay Sapphire Gin. As the afternoon gets into full swing, guests can experience the ‘Ultimate Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic Twists’ or have a reimagined G&T to their own specification, including the Earl Grey tea-infused Bombay Sapphire G&Tea.

Liquid nitrogen ice-cream from ‘Lick Me I’m Delicious’ will be presented for a theatrical surprise, making a legendary dining experience. When guests are not in their official courtside seats, TVs throughout The Gatsby Club will be able to keep them up-to-date on the tennis action.

Sam Coates, Head of Marketing for Keith Prowse said:

This year we have created an exciting microcosm of Wimbledon inside The Gatsby Club. In a people-focused business, we recognise that relationships are paramount to our success so we work closely with the All England Lawn Tennis Club throughout every stage of the event, from planning to evaluation.

Keith Prowse is part of Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality division of Compass Group UK & Ireland. It is the official hospitality provider at The Championships, Wimbledon and has been creating up-scale packages that reflect the stature of the world-class tennis tournament since 1962.

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The redevelopment of Wimbledon’s No.1 Court

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The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has appointed UK-based architecture firm, KSS, to provide a full range of architectural and design services for the redevelopment of the No.1 Court at Wimbledon.

The No.1 Court 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 AELTC took the early decision to adopt BIM for the project, setting out clear contractual requirements and clear benefits have already been seen from a design coordination point of view. This has enabled KSS – a leading sports architecture practice, specialising in football stadia and training centres – to progress the coordination of a complex building, roof geometry and steel structure with an extensive building services requirement serving not only the internal hospitality suites, restaurants and back of house spaces, but also the seating bowl and most importantly the grass playing surface on the No.1 Court itself.

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.


Existing roof, static.

No.1 Court’s existing static roof.



Proposed retractable roof.

Proposed retractable roof.

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 All England Lawn Tennis Club.

KSS will be progressing the designs up to construction, which will be phased after this year’s Championships over a four-year period and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The new designs will conserve Wimbledon’s unique and special heritage, enhancing the environment and spectator experience, providing an exciting future for the AELTC retaining its status as the premier Grand Slam event in world tennis.


Project team:

Architects: KSS

Client: AELTC

Mechanical Engineers: M-E Engineers

Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti


Images courtesy: KSS

Main image caption: No.1 Court, Wimbledon, Level 4 Suite.


NB: Our Q2/Summer ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine will include features on BIM in stadia design and the latest innovations in roofing design & engineering, as well as a UK Country Focus highlighting the key sports venue developments.