SCX sticks to the game plan for Wimbledon No.1 Court roof

24th May 2017

SCX has completed the first year of a three-year project to construct a retractable roof for the new No.1 Court at The All England Lawn Tennis Club.

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.

The new folding roof over No.1 Court is part of a significant redevelopment that will increase seating capacity and transform the grass court arena into one capable of guaranteed play in all weather conditions.


SCX's retractable roof will take its place in No.1 Court history © AELTC

When this year’s Championships start on 3 July, the 11,500 spectators in No.1 Court will see the extent of the ongoing redevelopment. Work is on schedule for completion in time for the 2019 tournament.

SCX Special Projects was selected for its expertise and flair in precision engineering and skills in kinetic architecture.

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. SCX is now firmly one of the leading builders of kinetic architecture in the UK.”

The new roof has already used more than 3,500 tonnes of steel, the equivalent of 295 buses or six Airbus aeroplanes.

In a comment to The Times, Philip Brook, chairman of the AELTC, said:

“It’s a very complicated project. It took three years to put a roof on Centre Court and it’s much the same this time around.”

SCX Special Projects has again devised a concertina design using transparent Gore Tenara (a type of Gore-Tex fabric), which is stretched between 11 steel trusses, with two main sections that meet in the middle. It can be deployed or retracted in around eight minutes.

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.

Aerial impression of the new No.1 Court roof (rear) alongside the existing Centre Court roof © AELTC / KSS Design Group

The new No.1 Court roof closes concertina-style to allow play to continue in rainy weather © AELTC / KSS Design Group

About SCX

The SCX Group, based at Wincobank, Sheffield, is one of the UK’s leading specialist engineering companies with particular expertise in lifting solutions and moving structures. The SCX Group consists of three companies:

Street CraneXpress provides a range of crane maintenance and repair services. It also supplies and installs new lifting equipment, and refurbishes, converts and modernises existing crane systems.

SCX Special Projects provides bespoke solutions for any kind of mechanical handling system, with clients ranging from the nuclear and military sectors to aerospace and stadia.

Burnand XH is a trade wholesaler of electronic, electrical, electromechanical and pneumatic control components, and is a Schneider Electric automation specialist.


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