Grant Associates adds to Wimbledon Master Plan
Holistic landscape and public realm design for finest stage in world tennis
18 JUNE 2013, BATH & LONDON, UK
SummaryTop UK landscape architecture firm, Grant Associates, has developed a holistic landscape framework and public realm strategy for the world’s most famous tennis club, Wimbledon, working alongside lead masterplanners, Grimshaw.
Top UK landscape architecture firm, Grant Associates, has developed a holistic landscape framework and public realm strategy for the world’s most famous tennis club, Wimbledon, working alongside lead masterplanners, Grimshaw.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has unveiled the Wimbledon Master Plan, which sets out a vision and framework for the future guiding the development and enhancement of Wimbledon as the pre-eminent Grand Slam and the ﬁnest stage in world tennis.
Reinforcing the spirit of ‘playing tennis in an English garden’ the landscape strategy designed by Grant Associates seeks to define, connect and choreograph spaces throughout the Grounds. The aim is to reinforce the sense of an English garden, creating a unique narrative journey for visitors, players and Club members.
The landscape framework will include enhanced landscape walkways and promenades, the use of topiary, green walls and planted pergolas, creative paving, display areas, enhanced tree planting and themed garden spaces.
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.”
The wider Wimbledon Master Plan
The wider Wimbledon Master Plan vision has been determined by a radical rethink and strategic re-configuration of the grounds to optimise the use of the site. New grass courts have been located to the north of No.1 Court to release space and ease congestion in the central area and the south. No.1 Court will be remodeled to receive a new fixed and retractable roof, which will allow for uninterrupted play irrespective of the weather. It will also provide new hospitality areas, replacing the temporary facilities currently situated at the south of the Grounds, which will benefit from spectacular views over the outside courts.
Proposals will be brought forward in a phased development of detailed study, refinement and consultation. Publication of the Wimbledon Master Plan is the first step in the consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.
"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." Keith French, director, Grant Associates
About Grant Associates
Grant Associates is a pioneering international landscape architecture practice. Our work reconnects people with nature in insightful, delightful and distinctive ways whilst addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity extinction.
Our design process is underpinned by a knowledge of human behaviour, nature and ecological science combined with innovative design technology. We bring original thinking, creative collaboration and are exploring what regenerative design and the circular economy means to landscape architecture.
Our varied portfolio includes ambitious large-scale, landmark projects through to small, local ventures.