July 31, 2008
Wimbledon is famous the world over as the home of lawn tennis. The Championships have developed from a small garden party in 1877 witnessed by a few hundred spectators to today’s highly professional tournament that attracts an attendance of close to 500,000 people and a global television audience of 1.8 billion.
Ace Pumping Solutions
Every pump and pumping product at Wimbledon is a Grundfos product. Grundfos have been working with the Wimbledon preferred contractors for many years and have supplied and commissioned a wide range of products for each stage of the development.
In fact on the most recent projects Grundfos have supplied a total of 40+ pumps including a wide range of NB pumps to deliver all the heating/cooling requirements, a range of TPs and LPs that provide the required primary and secondary hot and cold water needs, a range of pressurisation sets complete with CHIs and booster sets complete with CRs, along with the relevant control panels all of which are functioning without any problems.
Improve the quality
Wimbledon is acknowledged to be the premier tennis tournament in the world and the priority of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which hosts The Championships, is to maintain its leadership into the twenty-first century. So a long term plan was unveiled in 1993, which would improve the quality of the event for spectators, players, officials and fans.
Stage one of the plan was completed for the 1997 Championships and involved new buildings, the new No. 1 Court, a Broadcast Centre, two extra grass courts and a service tunnel.
Stage two involved the removal of the old No. 1 Court complex to make way for the new Millennium Building, providing extensive facilities for the players, press, officials and members, and the extension of the Centre Court with extra seats.
Stage three is partly completed with the construction of a new Championships Entrance Building, housing club staff, the new museum, bank and ticket office is already finished and the current work now focussing on the Centre Court that will allow for development to provide better facilities for the public, increase the seating capacity and erecting a retractable roof which will mean that rain won’t stop play from 2008.
All of this makes for a very impressive venue and one that will play host to the tennis during the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics.