Plans have been announced for a new climbing and adventure centre which is aiming to be one of the best in the UK.
Adventure Activity Company which is behind the project said it hopes to release more details of the exact location of the new venue as it nears a date for its planning application.
Although sites were looked at across the Midlands and the South West, the owners were keen to remain in Gloucestershire. They currently run the very successful Warehouse Climbing Centre in Gloucester.
After working closely with Gloucester City Council to find a suitable location, an initial plot at Westgate Park, had to be discounted last year. However, not to be defeated, a fresh search for a new location followed suit and finally a venue has now been found.
Design plans are nearing completion whilst the Directors of the Company work with the land owner and expect to proceed with submitting a planning application in the coming weeks.
Due to open in 2020, the project will see an area between Gloucester and Cheltenham transformed into what the owners are saying will be one of the best sporting and adventure centres in the country.
The designs include a range of indoor climbing walls, soaring to over 15 metres in places, including a speed climbing wall which will meet international Olympic standards and be one of the first of its kind in England.
In addition, a dedicated bouldering area (low-level climbing without ropes) will cater for a range of abilities from serious rock gym athletes to first time climbers. The centre will also feature a fun climbing area for children, and an exciting artificial 100 metre caving system.
To compliment the indoor action, there will also be a series of outdoor activities including a competition standard climbing wall, outdoor bouldering (both a first for the UK), a via ferrata (a vertical series of nets, ladders and obstacles to climb and manoeuvre), plus zip lines and high ropes. In addition, an indoor sports pitch will provide a space for football, netball, tennis and more, all year round. It is also hoped the site will also incorporate small camping facilities and an accommodation block, offering youth and educational groups from all over the UK the opportunity for short-term stays and to make the most of the amenities.
Company Director, David Stevens adds “It’s been quite a challenge to find a site that fulfils all of our requirements, however, we believe we have finally found the right spot. It promises to be really exciting, the new facilities will be a great benefit to the local community and surrounding region – breathing new life into the area.
It will create around 60 new jobs, and with the addition of outdoor space and the new activities, we will be able to help fuel the ever-growing enthusiasm for adventurous experiences that are now so popular”.