Grimshaw unveils Wimbledon redevelopment masterplan
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Grimshaw unveils Wimbledon redevelopment masterplan

23 Jun 2013

UK-based architectural firm Grimshaw has unveiled a masterplan for the home of the annual Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament.

Wimbledon redevelopment

UK-based architectural firm Grimshaw has unveiled a masterplan for the home of the annual Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament.

The masterplan for All England Lawn Tennis club includes construction of a new retractable roof on No.1 Court, and three new grass courts on the edge of the site.

Grimshaw partner Kirsten Lees said, "Our proposals strive to improve the quality of the experience for all and provide innovative and high-quality solutions to meet the challenges posed by this beautiful but constrained site."

Another UK-based architectural firm Grant Associates has created a landscape framework for the plan.

Their framework will feature enhanced landscape walkways, and the use of topiary, green walls and planted pergolas, creative paving, display areas, enhanced tree planting and themed garden spaces.

Grant Associates director Keith French said, "Our aim is to capture the spirit of playing tennis in an English garden whilst building on the tradition, quality, elegance and attention to detail Wimbledon is renowned for."

Plans also include the renovation of public areas to improve views of the courts.

Grimshaw said the proposed masterplan is influenced by the traditional qualities and character of the grounds.

The proposals will now be brought forward in a phased development by a process of detailed study, refinement and consultation.

The redevelopment is expected to take place over the next 10-20 years.

Grimshaw was selected to oversee the masterplan in 2012 following the completion of a previous development phase, which included construction of a roof on Centre Court, designed by architectural firm Populous.


Image: The masterplan includes construction of a new retractable roof on No.1 Court, and three new grass courts. Photo: Courtesy of Grant Associates.