grimshaw architects unveil full wimbledon master plan grimshaw architects unveil full wimbledon master plan
jun 21, 2013

grimshaw architects unveil full wimbledon master plan

grimshaw architects unveil full wimbledon master plan

all images courtesy of grimshaw architects



a new vision for the wimbledon masterplan has been developed by grimshaw architects and unveiled by the all england lawn tennis club. set to enhance the club for the next two decades, the proposal retains the beloved english garden qualities of the existing grounds while resolving some of the constraints of the site. a strategic reconfiguration of grass courts and programming will ease congestion in the central and south areas of the site and the main court will now be fitted with a retractable roof for all-weather, uninterrupted play. new hospitality areas will replace existing temporary facilities and will add to a sequence of spaces that enjoy idyllic views over the outside courts. stepped grassy playing areas liberate the site from spatial constraints and make the most of the surrounding bucolic greenery. three new championship courts above new accommodations for players would replace existing structures near the main approach by southfields. aside from resolving key operational issues, the masterplan additionally aims to reduce carbon emissions and create a resilient and sustainable plan, what with the organization of aorangi terrance around a large oak tree as well as the introduction of a new central public plaza with basement level accommodations. ideas about more intuitive circulation abound in the southern part of the campus with the planned widening of st.mary’s walk, currently the backbone of movement on the campus. changes to the historical axis of the ground will allow the championship to remain more enjoyable by a greater number of people and continue to establish the facility as most relevant and premier location for one of the most widely followed athletic events worldwide.



fly through annotates the overall aims and changes of the project 

video © grimshaw architects



aerial view



widened paths of circulation relieve congestion on the constrained campus



stepped courts liberate the space






a retractable roof would allow all-weather play



proposed view of the remodelled main court



the southern courts would retain their intimacy and garden-like quality



the proposal negotiates the ‘english garden’ qualities with the need for an updated campus



the historical axis would be altered to better suit the circulation and programming



section perspective








site plan

  • Absolutely fantastic. Very inspiring. I hope the ‘world class tennis centre’ will be utilised to further the game – open at grass roots level to people of all ages, means, backgrounds, and ethnicities.

    pb says:
  • trying to orient myself – where’s the tube?

    dbkii says:
  • Thats call master plan…Everything in perfect place. Beautiful.

    Nicky says:
  • genius

    george says:
  • Considered and intelligent configuration, putting the focus on the fans who queue for days to get tickets. I’d also add that Court 1 is having a new retractable roof added, and that Centre Court (which already has a retractable roof) is the main iconic court at Wimbledon, apologies for pedantry 🙂

    OCJ says:

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