Exclusive: Consultants appointed to work up plans for Grimshaw’s major redevelopment of Wimbledon tennis club
A clutch of consultants have been appointed to work up plans for the major redevelopment of Wimbledon tennis club, Building can reveal.
Structural engineer Foreman Roberts, environmental engineer Atelier Ten, planning consultant Rolfe Judd, transport planner Vectos and crowd management specialists Movement Strategies have all been appointed to the project team.
Building understands Turner & Townsend is providing cost management advice.
The redevelopment plan – which will include installing a retractable roof on Court One, more seats, the reconfiguration of tennis courts and the construction of facilities underground – is being led by masterplanner Grimshaw and landscape architect Grant Associates.
The All England Club will complete consultation with neighbours and stakeholders on the redevelopment plans by the autumn and redevelopment work could begin before next summer’s Grand Slam tournament.
As part of the plans, the club also hopes to make the iconic Henman Hill less steep to allow more spectators to view the action on screen.
The masterplan, first published in April, will entail a substantial reconfiguration of the site with courts being moved to the north of court number one to ease congestion in the middle of the site.
The number one court will be remodelled with a retractable roof, allowing uninterrupted play in all weather.
There will also be new hospitality areas replacing temporary facilities currently situated at the south of the grounds.