Centre Court at Wimbledon

Project: Centre Court at Wimbledon

Location: London, UK

Company: All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

Cable type: Firesafe TW950


Tratos & All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon cooperation

Tratos is proud to supply a complete range of fire resistant cables to comply with the latest Standards and Codes of Practice covering fire detection, alarm systems, emergency lighting or other vital power supplies. 

The company has in place a comprehensive modern fire testing facility on site to ensure cable integrity. Thanks to this facility it can produce cable for international projects that meets multiple nations’ standards. 

Centre Court at Wimbledon needed cabling capable of safe and uninterrupted functionality as part of its voice evacuation and fire alarm system installed during refurbishment.

Wimbledon is one of the World’s most celebrated tennis events. Its famous Central Court, refurbished and fitted with a much-publicised new retractable roof, needed an alarm system to match.

Tratos is pleased to announce its Firesafe TW950 cable was chosen and used extensively throughout.  Some 20,000m of Tratos’ Firesafe TW950 fire resistant cable was installed, from 2 to 27 core in size.  

All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon

The day-to-day operations of The Championships are led and conducted by the AELTC. 

The AELTC is a wholly owned subsidiary of The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Limited (“the Club”) and, on 1 August 2011, acquired all the assets and undertaking of the Club in relation to The Championships.

The Club was founded on 23 July 1868 as The All England Croquet Club. Its name was changed in 1877 to The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club and in 1899 to The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

On 1 August 2011 the Club was converted into a company limited by guarantee under the name The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Limited.

The activities of the Club, as a private members’ club, are conducted separately from The Championships. 

Patron Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, G.C.V.O.

President His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, K.G, G.C.M.G, G.C.V.O, A.D.C.

Did you know?

The Centre Court of Wimbledon has:

  • 14,979 seats
  • 8 litres per second of fresh air per person pumped into the bowl to manage the environment
  • 9 chiller units required to cool the air
  • 10 minutes (maximum) that the roof takes to close
  • 10 trusses holding up the roof
  • 16 metres (height of the roof above the court surface)
  • 30 minutes: maximum time expected before play can start/continue after the roof is closed and the internal environment is controlled and stabilised
  • 43mph: wind speed up to which the roof can be deployed/retracted
  • 70 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses without extra parts
  • 77 metres: the span of the moving roof trusses (width of football pitch = 68m)
  • 100 tonnes: weight of each of the 10 trusses with all extras – eg motors, locking arms
  • 100 percent of the roof’s fabric is recyclable
  • 214 MM per second – maximum speed of truss deployment
  • 1,200 extra seats installed in 2008
  • 3,000 tonnes: combined weight (both fixed and moving) of the roof
  • 5,200 square metres, area of retractable roof when fully deployed
  • 7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof
  • 15,000: maximum spectator capacity
  • 143,000 litres per second: total amount of conditioned air that the air-management system supplies to the bowl
  • 290 million: number of tennis balls that could fit into Centre Court with the roof closed

In this project, Tratos was very pleased to contribute toward achieving the UN Global Goals: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being,  Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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