The All England Lawn Tennis Club No.1 Court Redevelopment

Structural Designer

Thornton Tomasetti

Client Name

All England Lawn Tennis Club

Location

Wimbledon, London, UK

ARCHITECT
Grimshaw Architects and KSS 

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Sir Robert McAlpine

COST CONSULTANT
Turner & Townsend 

STEELWORK SUB-CONTRACTOR
Severfield 

CONCRETE SUB-CONTRACTOR
Byrne-Bros

MECHANISATION CONTRACTOR
SCX Special Structures

STRUCTURAL PEER REVIEW
COWI 
  Images: © 3 - AELTC and Joe Toth

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

An addition of a retractable roof to an iconic stadium. The roof is supported on a flexible long span structure and posed a unique set of challenges for the design team. Creative engineering and a collaborative approach were used to meet these challenges. The construction sequence allowed the tournament to continue uninterrupted through the three-year build process.
 

Submitted in 2020

Judge's comment:

Supporting a retractable roof on a long span flexible structure was challenging, and there was also the added complexity of supporting the new roof on an existing structure. However, the team here have admirably delivered a first class and dramatic roof structure through creative engineering and a collaborative approach. 

The requirement to allow the tournament to continue each year through the three-year build process added complexity to the interplay of tolerances and deflections between the various components, necessitating a carefully considered design that allowed for the swift and accurate construction at each of the build stages.  The final solution saw the successful completion of the structure three times; for each of the yearly tournaments, safely allowing the public and players into the partially completed stadium. 

An elegant sustainable solution with complex construction phasing.

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