Millboard has added another prestigious project to its portfolio, after supplying 4,500 Enhanced Grain Golden Oak boards to the £70m renovation of Wimbledon’s iconic No. 1 Court. The project, led by high-profile contractors Sir Robert McAlpine, has seen the stadium completely overhauled, just in time for 2019’s exciting tennis tournament.
The project’s architects redesigned No. 1 Court to include a one-of-a-kind retractable roof. This key component is flanked by two new tiers containing 900 seats, taking the stadium’s capacity to 12,400. A new two-level public plaza has also been added to take the place of Court 19 alongside upgraded seating, concessions and catering.
Our boards were used to enhance the two new impressive tiers above the South East entrance. Enhanced Grain Golden Oak was selected to dress the open sided terraces and to provide a naturalistic but resilient exterior. Each board was shipped to Austria from the UK to be customised specifically for this build. Every single board was cut to exactly 60mm and fitted to aluminium meshes before being installed on the façade of the building.
Millboard’s contribution adds to a mammoth effort to bring together such a complex and innovative project prior to the opening ceremony. 2.2 million hours were worked to bring the Court to life and materials totalled 2,300 tons of steel, 130km of electrical cable and 40 miles of scaffolding.
No. 1 Court’s launch was broadcast live on the BBC earlier this summer and has played host to this year’s tournament which saw Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic take home the much-coveted silverware!