VIDEO: New roof on show as Wimbledon begins
With Wimbledon starting this morning, spectators will have the chance to view the first part of the ongoing redevelopment of No.1 Court including the building of a new retractable roof.
Sheffield-based engineering company SCX has already completed the first year of a three-year project to construct a retractable roof for No.1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
The new folding roof is part of a major redevelopment that will increase seating capacity and transform the grass court arena into one capable of guaranteed play in all weather conditions.
The new roof has already used more than 3,500 tonnes of steel, the equivalent of 295 buses or six Airbus aeroplanes.
SCX is responsible for design and supply of all the mechanical and electrical equipment, and also for the construction of all the components that make up the moving sections of the roof.
Work is on schedule for completion in time for the 2019 tournament.
SCX Special Projects, part of the SCX Group, was awarded the contract after successfully designing, manufacturing and installing a similar retractable roof over Wimbledon’s Centre Court in 2009.
SCX Group managing director Simon Eastwood said: “We are very proud to have built the original retractable roof on Centre Court, and subsequently to have been chosen by the AELTC to work on No.1 Court. It’s testament to the successful engineering solutions and skills we used first time around that we were in a position to embark on the second project.”