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Sports Canopy, The National Tennis Centre


Project Details

£0.5m to £0.99M

New Build, Sited in Greenbelt land


George Stowell

Studio 27, Rudge House , Llewellyn Street , Bermondsey , LONDON , SE16 4XE

The practice was commissioned by The Lawn Tennis Association for a research and development project to investigate temporary court coverings at The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London, that would provide reliable usage on clay court surfaces during the winter and spring training months. The subsequent brief made a priority of meeting tight planning policy guidance that set out to preserve the open character of the site and context. The completed canopy met both requirements with innovative design and engineering. It resulted from collaboration between George Stowell, engineers Arup in London and Airlight in Switzerland. In 2011, it won The Institution of Civil Engineers London ‘Special Award’ and The British Construction Industry Award ‘Small Project’ Prize. The Lawn Tennis Association’s headquarters in South West London was opened in 2007 and is GB’s centre of excellence for tennis coaching and training.