Rooftop extension for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The project was to provide extra floor space by way of a 3rd floor rooftop extension for the existing Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum building
The project was scheduled for completion within 8 months, in time for the famous venue’s summer championship. We were hired to provide the structural steel for the project by means of design, fabrication and installation. Important aspects to the client were for the works to be discreet, and that the worldwide provenance of the location made the project special.
What were the challenges and what made the project successful
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis grounds were still active during construction and this made the project very difficult, particularly because the client insisted that any works taking place should go unnoticed by their members. This proved especially difficult for our works as they were predominantly external in nature, and required the use of a crane to manoeuvre large steel members 15 meters above ground level. We were successful and no complaints were received during our time on site.
With a fixed deadline of open in time for summer, and the high quality internal finishes expected from such a prestigious public venue, design and installation programmes had to be closely managed and adhered to. We proudly met both.
What benefits utilizing BIM and Tekla Software brought to the project
Tekla Structures from Trimble enables steel and concrete structures to be designed within the same 3D model, which significantly reduces the amount of re-work and time spent in the drawing office, as the design moves from one discipline to the other. It minimises costly surprises and waste, improves efficiency and quality, and ensures that the correct, error-free elements are delivered in the right place, at the right time. In fact, by incorporating Tekla Structures within a project, it will streamline the entire workflow, as it integrates design and detailing with fabrication and project management.
The project in numbers
Steel tonnage: 82.6 tons