Company adds Wimbledon to long list of sporting venues and famous landmarks it is enhancing
- Enhances member and player experience
- Provides entry point for players
- Underground parking for 338 cars
- AELTC's vision for the best facilities in world tennis
Our team was chosen by The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to construct its integrated world-class facility on Somerset Road, adjacent to the venue for tennis’ most prestigious event, The Championships, Wimbledon.
The Somerset Road project involves us demolishing the existing indoor courts and replacing them with a facility that will enhance the AELTC’s all-year round offering for members and also competitors during The Championships.
Site progress filmed in April 2021
The project includes 12 new tennis courts (six indoor and six outdoor) and associated club house facilities.
Our work will also deliver a single-storey underground car park for up to 338 vehicles that will be the hub of The Championships’ courtesy car operation; plus 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.
Big track record for iconic and prestigious landmarks
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. It also finished an extensive renovation to the east wing of Alexandra Palace and is currently upgrading the National Gallery by Trafalgar Square.
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.”