Willmott Dixon has agreed a deal to build a new state-of-the-art indoor tennis facility across from the world-famous Wimbledon venue. Delivered on behalf of The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), the new development will replace the existing indoor courts at Somerset Road.
The new facility will include 12 new tennis courts (six indoor and six outdoor) and associated Club house 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.
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.”
Work will commence in August 2019 and the project is programmed to be completed by the end of October 2021.