Allies and Morrison appointed to develop the AELTC Master Plan
Following the successful acquisition of Wimbledon Park Golf Club, The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has appointed Allies and Morrison to develop a new AELTC Master Plan proposal for the expansion of the Club’s Grounds, home to The Championships, Wimbledon.
The AELTC Master Plan will guide the evolution of the current AELTC site in addition to incorporating the neighbouring land of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club. Aspirations include accommodating The Championships Qualifying Competition within the AELTC’s Grounds, enhancing the spectator experience during The Championships, in particular the arrival experience, and provide community use of the land in the future. The project will take a long-term view, exploring ways in which to consolidate the site as a whole while also respecting the historic character and significance of the land.
The AELTC Masterplan team includes landscape architects LUC, planning consultants Rolfe Judd, with Buro Happold providing infrastructure, engineering and sustainability services.
‘It is difficult to imagine a place which so perfectly combines tradition with ambition for the future, Englishness with truly international status than the All England Club,’ says Allies and Morrison Partner Paul Appleton. ‘We are proud to be able to contribute to this very special institution at a pivotal moment in its history.’
‘Following the early acquisition of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club land in late 2018, it was clear that the timing was right to consider a new AELTC Master Plan with a vision to guide the development of the entire 120-acre site,’ says Philip Brook CBE, Chairman of the AELTC. ‘We are pleased to be working with Allies and Morrison as we undertake this important planning and consultation process which will set out our aspirations for the site in order to both support our local community and protect Wimbledon’s reputation as the finest stage in world tennis.’
This appointment builds on the practice’s experience with designing for major sport events including the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and the masterplanning of complex sites in historic settings.
Photograph by AELTC/Thomas Lovelock