SCX’s Sports Stadia Innovations Attract Global Fans After Wimbledon and Spurs Successes

28th November 2019

The expertise and skills of Sheffield engineering specialists SCX Ltd are in demand from sports stadia around the world as a result of its ground-breaking work at Wimbledon’s top two tennis courts and the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium.


SCX Group Marketing Manager Darren Falkingham accepting the Best of British award


SCX Special Projects is talking to potential overseas partners in the light of its success in designing, engineering and installing sliding roofs for Wimbledon Centre and No.1 Courts and a retractable grass pitch at the world class home of Spurs.

The Sheffield company is responding to enquiries about using its innovative solutions in mechanical handling and electrical controls – the capability to lift, move, rotate, tilt, open and close structures of any size – on stadia roofs and pitches much further afield.

“The world is coming to us!” says Andy Whitworth, Managing Director of SCX Special Projects, which is part of the SCX group, based in Wincobank, Sheffield.

“The appetite for kinetic structures has never been greater. There are multiple opportunities to develop and progress our marketing overseas and we are looking at a number of strategic alliances for stadia around the world, as far as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and the Middle East.”

SCX Special Projects has won numerous awards for its work at the All England Lawn Tennis Club and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, but much of its business comes from other sectors also requiring unique and precise engineering solutions.

“One of the main reasons for the interest from overseas in our work on sports stadia is not only our track record at Wimbledon and Tottenham, but also in the aerospace, nuclear and defence sectors which also demand high levels of accuracy, innovation and reliability,” says Andy.

SCX Special Projects has been working in the nuclear sector for over 20 years, meeting rigorous standards to supply high integrity crane systems for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants across the country.

But it is the sports contracts that have been most high profile.


Photo Credit AELTC Joe Toth

© AELTC and Joe Toth


The folding roof for No.1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon – guaranteeing play whatever the weather – was used in a tournament for the first time last summer. It coincided with the tenth anniversary of SCX’s retractable roof for Centre Court.

The grass surface at Tottenham’s £850m 62,000-seater stadium can be rolled back to reveal a bespoke American National Football League pitch below, used for the first time on 6 October in a game between the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders. Other events such as concerts and conferences can also be staged to generate new commercial opportunities.

These UK sports stadia innovations took the name of SCX Special Projects around the world, resulting in international demand for the full design and engineering package.

They also highlight SCX’s contribution to the renowned ‘Made in Sheffield’ brand.

“All the engineering services are under one roof and we are unique in this sense,” adds Andy, who has been instrumental in the success of the company for 27 years.

“Sheffield is the home of steel and we are a company with all the capabilities to deliver these iconic projects – and that makes us proud.”