Sheffield’s SCX to build second retractable roof at All England Lawn Tennis Club

NOT A PHOTOGRAPH. Computer generated image of an aerial view of the roof on No.1 Court. TO be completed by 1919. At The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Credit: AELTC/KSS Design Group Ltd.

Sheffield-based engineering company SCX has been awarded the contract to build a second retractable roof at The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), home of The Championships, Wimbledon.

The deal is part of a multi-million-pound project by the AELTC to redevelop No.1 Court, which will increase its seating capacity and transform it into a grass court arena capable of guaranteed play in all weather conditions. 

SCX Group managing director Simon Eastwood said: “We are very proud to have built the original retractable roof on Centre Court, so to be chosen by the AELTC to work on No.1 Court is a real honour. SCX is now one of the leading builders of kinetic architecture in the UK and this contract has taken our order book to record levels.” 

SCX was founded in Sheffield in 1972, by Keith Eastwood. Today, SCX has its headquarters on Roman Ridge Road, Sheffield, and is headed by managing director and Keith’s son, Simon Eastwood. SCX employs 150 people across its three businesses: SCX Special Projects; Street CraneXpress; and Burnand XH.Background

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. Much of the construction, assembly and testing work will be carried out at SCX’s new Tyler Street facility in Sheffield. 

SCX Special Projects Director, Andy Whitworth said: “SCX prides itself on its expertise in the field of precision engineering. We have an amazing team of designers, engineers and suppliers and everyone is excited about working on such a prestigious project.” 

One of the challenges solved by SCX when building the Centre Court roof was to ensure the fabric roof remained in tension when it was closed. The company created an innovative first-of-its-kind design that ensured the Gore Tenara material is tensioned by a mechanical system. 

Like SCX’s original design for Centre Court, the new retractable No.1 Court roof will mean players and spectators can enjoy world class tennis on grass, whatever the weather conditions. The translucent fabric will continue to let high levels of natural light into the venue even when the roof is closed. 

Mr Eastwood added: “Wimbledon is the world’s greatest tennis tournament, and we are incredibly proud to be part of the work on No.1 Court. Our technical innovation and engineering expertise helped us to produce a highly successful retractable roof for Centre Court, and we expect this project to be just as successful.”


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