The project was to provide extra floor space in the 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 engaged to provide the structural steel for the project by means of, design, fabrication and installation. The importance to the client for the works to be discreet, and 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 still active during construction made the project very difficult as the client insisted 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 15m above ground level. We were successful as no complaints were received during our time on site
With the fixed deadline of being opened 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. Which we proudly met.
What benefits utilizing BIM and Tekla Software brought to the project.
Tekla Structures from Trimble enables steel and concrete structure 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 82.6tons