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Living Wall Entry at The No.1 Court Wimbledon

The new Biotecture living walls at The No.1 Court Wimbledon are designed to fit with The Championships’ tennis in an English garden feel, whilst reflecting the Wimbledon brand

21st June 2019 | By Miriamme Rose

Biotecture’s latest living wall installation at Wimbledon has made quite an entrance at The Championships’ tennis this summer 2019 – the Wimbledon Living Wall at the high-profile No.1 Court, are located outside the North West entries of the court and flank both sides of the Big Screen on The Hill.  Each wall is 5m high and have a combined total length of approx 49m.  With a total area of 245m squared, the living walls are made up of 14,344 plants.  The new walls are already starting to play their part in the local biodiversity too, with the flowering Hebe and Bergenia attracting the birds and bees.

Biotecture and the All England Lawn Tennis Club worked together to formulate the plant design.  The plant colours were chosen to reflect the Wimbledon brand, with purples, mauves, whites and greens including Hebe Caledonia, Liriope Big Blue, Bergenia Bressingham White, Euonymus fortune Emerald Gaiety & Polypodium vulgare.  Throughout the living wall there is successional blooming from spring to autumn, with some plants expected to bloom during The Championships such as Hebe Caledonia and Champagne.

“One of our enduring ambitions at Wimbledon is to cultivate the ambience of ‘tennis in an English garden’ for our guests to enjoy when they attend The Championships. Finding a creative and appropriate way to incorporate this theme into the No.1 Court Project was a significant challenge and we worked closely with the team at Biotecture to meet it.”

Philip Brook, Chairman, The All England Lawn Tennis Club

Initial planning for the living wall started in 2014, with the on-site installation starting in February 2019; completion was in April 2019, ready for the The Championships in July 2019.

You can learn more about the process of designing and building a Living Wall on our Build Process page.