Wimbledon is preparing itself for the renowned annual tennis championships which begin next Monday. The grounds will host over 450,000 spectators along with the tennis stars including the winner of the Roland-Garros 2013 (French Open) Rafael Nadal. The tennis club, which has been described as the finest stage for world tennis, is to undergo a revamp with plans for a holistic landscape framework being released by UK firm, Grant Associates.
This plan has been developed as a part of the wider ‘Wimbledon Master Plan’ which was unveiled by The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) detailing a future structure for developing and enhancing Wimbledon. The Master Plan is led by Grimshaw Architects alongside Rolfe Judd Planning, Atelier Ten, Vectos and Movement Strategies.
The club has long be known for its graceful ability to host the Grand Slam year on year since the development of the AELTC in 1993. A vision for a long term period of development saw the creation of new facilities including the Broadcast Centre and Court No.1 with the recent inclusion of an operable roof on Centre Court. The completion of this long year plan was concluded in 2011 with the opening of Court No.3 however the club has continued to improve its facilities and grounds.
AELTC have described the aim of the Master Plan to improve the configuration of the grounds to create an environment in which the heritage of the site is protected whilst the facilities are constantly being improved using sustainable solutions to enhance the club for not only The Championships of the future, but also for the local community. Plans will include introducing new plazas around the grounds and also introducing a new retractable the roof on Court No.1. The landscape design has taken inspiration from the Grand Slams from previous years and created an environment which reinforces the spirit of ‘playing tennis in an English garden'.
This design has been devised by Grant Associates as a connection between the spaces which have been choreographed throughout the grounds, reintroducing the idea of an English Garden. As a result the space will see an abundance of new trees being planted amongst the different themed garden areas. One of the key objectives is to enhance the experience of visitors without increasing the capacity of the grounds. Keith French, director, Grant Associates 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.”