The game of Real Tennis dates back over 400 years and the design of courts has changed little in 150 years or more. This project investigates how, through a different approach to design and construction, new opportunities can be opened up for the expansion of the game.
Working with the Tennis and Rackets Association, the practice is developing a low cost, demountable court that is capable of substantially replicating the playing experience found in traditional masonry courts.
Our approach has been to design a ‘basic court’ system that is capable of upgrade to ‘standard’ classification, or even to ‘Championship’ standards. The court will utilise modular construction and 100% pre fabrication and will be capable of being either temporary or permanent. The project ambition is to open up the sport to a new type and generation of participant, and by wrapping the structure in a coloured membrane, the image of Real Tennis in the twenty first century could, quite literally, be very different in the future.