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Contractor named for Wimbledon tennis complex

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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 its world-famous prestigious event, The Championships, Wimbledon.

The Somerset Road project will see Willmott Dixon demolish the existing indoor facilities and replace them with 12 new tennis courts (six indoor and six outdoor).

The works will also include 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.

Work is due to commence this month and the project is programmed to be completed by the end of October 2021.

The steelwork is due to begin erection next year, with the programme beginning in late July after The Championships finish.

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