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Winchester Tennis and Squash Club, Hampshire

Winchester Tennis and Squash Club, Hampshire

Client: Winchester Tennis and Squash Club
Type of works: design, manufacture and installation of a 42m x 64m Tensile Fabric Frame Structure covering four tennis courts

Located in Hampshire, Winchester Tennis and Squash Club is regarded as one of the premier clubs in southern England. Offering excellent amenities, the club incorporates an extensive range of facilities to ensure its reputation as the number one destination for tennis, squash and fitness in the region. It provides comprehensive fitness and social facilities such as a Café Bar and conference/meeting rooms, as well as a Physiotherapy Clinic Service. With over 17 teams playing in county, regional and national leagues, the club caters for all levels and holds a number of internal events and tournaments.

To maintain its reputation as a leading club and to enhance its offering to members, the Club recognised the necessity for yearround playing facilities. Working alongside main contractors, Dove Construction, J & J Carter needed to install a cover to 4 tennis courts with minimal disruption to members and club operations during the construction phase, as well as meet all requirements set out by the Club and LTA regulations.

Using their extensive experience within the sports, and specifically the tennis industry, J&J Carter were appointed to design, manufactur and install a 42m x 64m Tensile Fabric Frame Structure covering 4 tennis courts. The building is built using a modular portal frame design on 6.4m bays. The curved eaves provide an elegant design feature whilst maintaining the critical dimensions for compliance with Lawn Tennis Association regulations.

The covering is a single skin tensile fabric roof with the roof and side walls which were made in one piece and weighed in at 350kg each. The frames are sealed with J & J Carter’s own proprietary Gasket extrusion. The cover is made using a 900gsm PVC Coated Polyester (Mehler Texnologies) and supplied with a 10 Year Warranty.

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