A Sheffield based engineering company has won the rights to produce a new roof over Wimbledon’s Court Number One.
SCX designed the current roof on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in 2009 and plan to have the next roof completed by 2019. It’s predicted that the new roof will take only eight minutes for it be fully deployed or retracted.
They hope that the construction, assembly and testing of the roof will all take place in Sheffield, in their new Tyler Street facility.
Andy Whitworth, SCX Special Projects Director, said: “We have an amazing team of designers, engineers and suppliers and everyone is excited about working on such a prestigious project.”
Managing Director Simon Eastwood added: “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.”
Players, fans and officials can now look forward to less rain and poor light delays and more match completion.
Britain’s new world number one Andy Murray has benefited from SCX’s original roof on Centre Court, completing late night matches against Stan Wawrinka and Marcos Baghdatis in previous editions of the tournament.
2016 has seen SCX rake in £40 million worth of orders, the largest set of financial contracts in the companies history.