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Wimbledon Centre Court roof revealed ready for this year’s tournament

June 18th, 2009

The All England Lawn Tennis Club recently unveiled its new retractable roof on the world famous Centre Court that will put an end to the familiar sight of spectators sitting beneath umbrellas waiting for a break in the clouds during the forthcoming Wimbledon tournament.

Wimbledon Centre Court

Wimbledon Centre Court

The new 5,200m² roof, believed to have cost in the region of £80M, can close or open in around eight minutes, and is one of the first concertina-type moving structures ever attempted in the UK.

The 1,000t roof comprises 10 trusses spanning 77m across the court with nine bays of structural fabric. The ends of each truss are supported by a set of wheels that move along a track positioned on the new fixed roof of the court.

Architect Populous and structural engineer Capita Symonds designed the new roof, which was built by Galliford Try. SCX Group designed and supplied mechanical and electrical equipment.

  1. Aled Davies
    June 29th, 2009 at 18:42 | #1

    Just wondering if the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff was built at a cost of £120 million (although original estimate was £96 million), how on earth has the construction of the new centre court roof has come in at £80 million? I’m aware that inflation factors for a percentage of building costs, however, I’m also aware that building costs have not risen all that much in the last 10 years.

    I would be grateful to receive an explanation.

    With thanks


  2. admin
    June 29th, 2009 at 19:12 | #2

    It makes you wonder doesn’t it. The general consensus is that the Centre Court renovations including 1200 extra seats, have amounted to about £80 million, (actual figures undisclosed) not just the roof section. They say, compared with any other tennis stadium roof, only the famous eight petals of the Qi Zhong Stadium in Shanghai comes close to aesthetic similarity.

    A bit of trivia, when the first Centre Court was completed in only nine months in 1922, the total cost was £140,000.

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