Radley College, Abingdon

An intricate construction of a traditional real tennis court which required flexible and collaborative team work to deliver successfully.


This new single-storey real tennis court gives Oxfordshire its second real tennis venue. The court comprises of viewing galleries, offices, stores, a climbing wall and bouldering area.The design is reminiscent of a courtyard or medieval street and has features including sloping roofs, openings and a buttress, off which, shots can be played. Each court is similar in design but each has its own individual nuances, requiring close attention to detail. The team’s openness and flexibility were key to the success of this project and allowed them to minimise any disruption to the working sports centre.


  • Ensuring that disruption to the working sports centre was minimised during the construction and maintaining access to visitors
  • Dealing with unforeseen problems such as obstructions in the ground, drainage and mains services


Constant liaison between the college and our site manager ensured that working relationships remained excellent and disruption to students and teaching staff was kept to a minimum. A flexible and collaborative working approach with the design team and the college helped to smoothly resolve any unexpected technical issues resulting in a very successful project.


“In building the tennis court the Beard team dealt professionally with the problems arising, such as the obstructions in the ground and drainage issues, and worked well with the design team to overcome these smoothly, ensuring the project reached a successful conclusion.”

David Anderson, Estates Manager, Radley College 


Radley College, Abingdon

Contract value



West Waddy ADP

Quantity surveyor


Contract duration

7 months

Form of contract

JCT Standard with Quantities 2005

Procurement Method


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