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Project Manager – Wimbledon Master Plan

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) organises and stages The Championships, Wimbledon. The AELTC’s aim is for The Championships to continue to be recognised as the world’s premier tennis tournament and as one of the world’s greatest sporting events.  In April 2013, a new Master Plan for Wimbledon was announced to deliver a vision for the grounds over a 15 year timescale and we now wish to recruit an additional Project Manager. 

The new Project Manager will join the Wimbledon Master Plan team which will manage a wide range of capital projects from inception to completion/operation.  Intended projects include a retractable roof for No 1 Court, enhanced facilities, new basement accommodation, the total refurbishment of a key building, demolition and rebuilding of the covered courts complex, repositioning of some courts, new plazas and improved landscaping. 

Key responsibilities will involve managing capital projects at all stages, including setting project briefs, design sign offs, budgetary control, management of QS services, administering contracts and the quality of the works and ensuring that immoveable deadlines are met.  An important aspect of the role will be the management of relationships with internal stakeholders and external agencies and contractors. 

Candidates must have proven experience of successfully developing and delivering major capital projects in a live operational environment.  A relevant professional qualification together with a good technical understanding of design and construction are essential.  Excellent planning, organisational and delivery skills together with strong communication skills are necessary.  

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, detailing your suitability for the role and current remuneration package, to: Kate Lynam, The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited, Church Road, London, SW19 5AE.  

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th August 2013.  

Equal Opportunities

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.  Appointments are made on merit.

Job description

Main purpose of the role

The Project Manager will work as part of the team managing a wide range of capital projects from inception to completion/operation as part of the delivery of the Wimbledon Master Plan. The projects within the Master Plan have a wide range of capital values, complexities and functions.

Brief outline of responsibilities:

  • Project manage designated capital projects at all stages from inception to completion/operation.
  • Manage inputs, relationships and involvement of internal stakeholders (e.g. Championships Department) and key external agencies/contractors (e.g. catering provider) setting project briefs, design sign-offs and project/AELTC organisational requirements.
  • Attend Steering Group and other AELTC/Club meetings as may be required.
  • Attend and manage design team meetings and progress meetings.
  • Select consultants, prepare and agree appointment documentation, fees and tenders.
  • Manage the services of the consultant QS; set and agree budgets; regular budget reporting, etc.
  • Review design and construction information issued by design team/main contractor for compliance with AELTC requirements.
  • As required, administer the contract and manage the quality of the works.
  • Manage interfaces between the Club, Championships, and construction to ensure projects are delivered as programmed with no disruption to the staging of the Championships and minimal necessary interference to on-site year-round AELTC/Club activities.  
  • Other development and construction related activities as may be required from time to time.

Person specification

Essential qualities

  • Excellent planning, organisational, and delivery skills and to be comfortable with periods of pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work successfully across a broad spectrum of stakeholders including consultants, contractors, public and staff.  

Experience, skills and qualifications

  • Graduate level education with a professional qualification in a relevant design/construction related discipline.
  • A good technical understanding of design and construction and the statutory framework in which these are delivered.
  • Experience of successfully developing and delivering major capital projects in a live operational environment, including budgetary control, is essential.
  • Experience of working within a client organisation would be desirable.
  • Up to date IT skills - including competent use of Excel, Word, Outlook - are required.

Background information - the Wimbledon Master Plan

The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Limited (“the Club”) was founded in 1868, and is a private members’ club based at Church Road, Wimbledon. Full, Life and Honorary Members are limited to 500 in number and the Club also has approximately 120 Temporary Members who are typically active tennis players. The vision for the Club is to be one of the best sports clubs in the world.

Each year The Championships - the only Grand Slam played on grass courts - is hosted by the Club. The Club’s aim is for The Championships to continue to be recognised as the world’s premier tennis tournament and as one of the world’s great sports events.

The Club intends to maintain its position as a leading global sporting venue, and, in late 2011, commissioned a new master plan to deliver a vision for the Wimbledon grounds over a fifteen year timescale. A project team known as, “Wimbledon 2020”, was established under the chairmanship of the Club Chairman, Philip Brook, with authority to develop the new long-term strategic development plan. Grimshaw, a leading firm of architects, were appointed in December 2011 as master planners, following a competition initially involving twelve internationally known practices. The ‘Wimbledon Master Plan’ for the Grounds, was announced to the media on 23 April 2013 and includes:

Northern area

  • The remodelling of No.1 Court to include a new retractable roof, additional seating, enhanced facilities underneath the stands and a new landscaped entrance plaza (planned to be completed for The Championships, 2019).
  • New Championships courts with state-of-the-art players’ facilities and accommodation below, a new public walkway and fully landscaped surrounding area.

Central area

  • New basement accommodation below central courts expanding the ‘underground village’ for back of house facilities together with improvement of landscaping and terracing.

Millennium Building

  • Total comprehensive refurbishment of this building which was opened in 2000 and provides accommodation and facilities for players, Club members and the press.

Somerset Road

  • The redevelopment of the Somerset Road site, including demolition of existing covered courts and construction of a new complex of covered and clay courts integrated into the topography. 

Southern area

  • The repositioning of several courts in the Southern Area and widening of public walkways ,  together with a new plaza and potential for a greater number of unreserved seats on No 2 and 3 Courts
  • A new Southern Entrance to the grounds with landscaping to reinforce and enhance the image of playing tennis in an English country garden

Implementation of these plans has begun although some elements of the Wimbledon Master Plan will not be finalised until consultation with local residents and the local authority have taken place.

The reference for the Wimbledon Master Plan animation is:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/about_aeltc/201304161366108904152.html

The key objectives of the Master Plan are to:

  • Maintain The Championships as the premier tennis tournament in the world and on grass.
  • Strengthen and enhance Wimbledon as a world class sporting venue of national and international significance.
  • Conserve Wimbledon’s unique and special heritage.
  • Guided by ‘Tennis in an English Garden’, develop the finest setting and facilities for the entertainment and enjoyment of all visitors.
  • Ensure that all new building is world class quality in keeping with Wimbledon’s international status and reputation.
  • Continue to make a positive contribution to the local neighbourhood and community.
  • Resolve key operational issues to ensure the smooth running of The Championships for now and in the future.
  • Reduce carbon emissions from the grounds.
  • Develop effective transport solutions which reflect the priorities of the Club, its neighbours and those visiting during The Championships.
  • Establish a long term framework to ensure that future development is carried out in a coordinated, sustainable and resilient manner.
  • Based on these objectives, we have developed our vision for the Wimbledon Master Plan on which further detailed consultation and study will take place.
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