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BSEE PUMPS CASE STUDY


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2018 has been a landmark period for Wimbledon as this is the year that has seen it celebrate its 150th anniversary. And Grundfos has played a connuing role in the iconic tennis venue’s success, providing an army of pumps that are intrinsic to the annual grand slam tournament.


GAME, SET AND MATCH TO WIMBLEDON… And the pumps provider that has aced it!


t would have been impossible to foresee the part that Wimbledon would play in sporting history when the club was first established in 1868 – originally as the England Croquet Club, with tennis subsequently being introduced in 1875.


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Now, every July, sports fans tune in to watch the drama unfold, as this SW1 venue plays host to what is probably the most prestigious tennis event in the world.


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support the Centre Court retractable roof a few years ago. Their role is to quickly and eecvely remove any excess water that can be caused by torrenal rain. Right at the other end of the spectrum, is keeping the sprinkler systems supplied with the necessary 12,000 litres of water.





With a staggering 1 billion people following the action across multiple media platforms and visitor numbers over the duration of the tournament now standing at almost 500,000, Wimbledon is now the largest single annual sporting event in Europe. This fact is even more surprising given that Wimbledon is only fully operational for two weeks a year, putting even more pressure on it to deliver, in a plethora of ways. To ensure it is maintaining its leading sporting edge, Wimbledon is always looking to the future. This involves a clear plan as well as a continual round of investment into every aspect of the club, which of course includes the pump infrastructure that supports it. Over recent years this has included new and upgraded courts; a state-of- the-art Broadcast Centre; upgraded facilities for the players, press, officials and members as well as an interactive museum, which is the only part of the facility that is open all year round. Perhaps the highest profile project and certainly the one that has gained the most publicity in recent years, was the completion of the retractable roof over Centre Court that allows play to continue, regardless of the weather.


Upping the pressure


Behind the scenes, there are a vast number of mostly hidden helpers from serving staff to housekeeping; physios to podiatrists; facilities personnel to ground staff; who all play their own unique role in making this the slick and successful operation we see today. Also present and working to keep the site operational are a different type of support mechanism – a small army of Grundfos pumps that are also pivotal to the success of this grand slam event. Having the correct back-up to


support all the HVAC, water boosting, irrigation and drainage is vital. Despite pumps being responsible for 10% of the world’s electrical usage, they are still very much hidden from view both in terms of their physical presence – as they tend to be installed out of sight in plant rooms – but also as energy using equipment in commercial and industrial applications. The fact is, however, that pumps can actually make a significant difference when it comes to saving both money and saving CO2 emissions.


For many years Wimbledon has taken a longer-term view on its needs and this has included being on a constant pump developmental schedule to ensure that, not only is it delivering technologically advanced pumping solutions, but that it’s meeting the highest efficiency and energy standards.


With so many pumps involved in the various processes, Wimbledon wanted the assurance of knowing that its pump supplier could not only provide the wide range of pumps it needed, but they could also could provide the knowledge and expertise to support the various demands.


This includes heating/cooling requirements, primary and secondary hot and cold water needs, a range of pressurisation units and multiple booster sets, along with the relevant control panels – all of which are linked to a building management system. To stay a step ahead, Wimbledon choose to liaise closely with experienced consultants, contractors and manufacturers who understand its needs and who can not only meet all their requirements, but can assist in futureproofing these designs, which is where Grundfos can assist by bringing its many years of pump solutions expertise to bear.


Water, water everywhere?


As a nation, the vagaries of the UK weather means that we always need to plan ahead for every weather eventuality, which means needing to encompass the prospect of not just too much water, but as the summer of 2018 has demonstrated, too little water as well.


Take for example the 50 Grundfos specialist drainage pumps that were supplied to support the Centre Court retractable roof a few years ago. Their role is to quickly and effectively remove


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uBehind the scenes, Grundfos is meeng Wimbledon’s many pumping requirements, including the supply of mulple booster sets (pictured).


any excess water that can be caused by torrential rain. At the other end of the spectrum, is keeping the sprinkler systems supplied with the necessary 12,000 litres of water. This is another job for Grundfos pumps which ensure the delivery of the required water supply. A more recent arrival, is a 6-pump, energy efficient Grundfos Hydro MPC-E pump booster set, that is needed to support the latest chapter in the Wimbledon Master Plan, which includes the development of a retractable roof over No 1 Court, extra seating and a new public plaza.


A specialist approach


One certainty is that if Wimbledon could talk, it would have a fascinating tale to tell. It’s not simply about the world-famous players who have graced the courts, but the many memorable games and inspirational victories it has play host to, along with the famous spectators who came to watch the tennis titans face each other across the net. This is a story that will continue to unfold for another 150 years, along with the vital infrastructure that supports it.


Grundfos is delighted to be continuing to play its role in serving up pump systems in support of this truly great venue.


www.grundfos.co.uk





For many years Wimbledon has taken a longer term view on its needs and this has included being on a constant pump developmental schedule to ensure that, not only is it delivering technologically advanced pumping soluons, but that it’s meeng the highest eciency and energy standards.


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