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Willmott Dixon to deliver complex for All England Lawn Tennis Club

Willmott Dixon has been chosen by The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) to construct an integrated world-class facility on Somerset Road, adjacent to the venue for tennis’ most prestigious event, The Championships, Wimbledon.

The Somerset Road project will see Willmott Dixon demolish the existing indoor courts and replace them with a facility that will significantly enhance the AELTC’s offering for both its Members year-round and competitors during The Championships.

The project includes 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.

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. 

Work will commence in August 2019 and the project is programmed to be completed by the end of October 2021.

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.

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