A new, world class players’ village has opened at Devonshire Park to provide topflight facilities for women’s and men’s tennis.
The impressive glass-fronted two-storey building was opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Pat Hearn, ahead of this year’s Aegon International which runs from June 23rd to July 1st.
Eastbourne Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) jointly funded the building, which is part of the £44million Devonshire Quarter scheme. Focus Consultants is the project manager and contract administrator for the whole scheme, and also undertook the economic impact analysis of the development.
Focus partner, Eleanor Clarke, said: “The team at Focus Consultants is very proud and excited to be involved in such an important scheme as the Devonshire Quarter. It’s great to see the players’ village officially open for the Aegon International.”
Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic new facility befitting the prestige of the Aegon International and we look forward to the players enjoying all its various benefits.
“The development marks a major part of our work with the LTA to improve the tennis offer here, alongside the £44million transformation underway to put Devonshire Quarter on the map as a first-rate international sporting, cultural and conference destination.”
Oliver Scadgell, LTA Competitions Director, said: “Thanks to our partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council, we have been able to embark on this exciting and ground-breaking project in the completion of a new state of the art player facility.
“This will now enable the Aegon International Eastbourne to provide a significantly enhanced service to the best players in the world when they come to compete at the iconic Devonshire Park.”
The players’ village incorporates player changing rooms, fitness and physio suites, player lounges and medical facilities.
Other tennis improvements under the Devonshire Quarter scheme include a new show court, new practice courts and increased space around outside match courts allowing players to hit the ball harder and from further off the court when returning serve and during rallies. These enhancements are underpinned by the recent installation of a modern irrigation system that ensures Eastbourne’s famous grass courts remain in peak condition throughout the year.
back row, Cllr Margaret Bannister, Cllr Gordon Jenkins, the Mayor, Cllr Tutt, Roy Staniland
Front: Eleanor Chapman and Ellie Dasent (top county players who attend Eastbourne College)