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sport & leisure
Climbing Walls are becoming a familiar feature in
Such considerations have become inspire students to unlock their full
new build sports halls. Manufacturers have
routine for designers of climbing walls, who potential and provide community access
devised innovative ways of ensuring that climbing
are accustomed to working around pre- to high standard facilities are more likely
facilities don't impinge on other hall uses.
exisiting structures. “Climbing Walls are now to receive funding than projects which
becoming almost standard additions in serve fewer objectives. Steve Mayer,
new build sports halls and manufacturers director of The Beacon, a dedicated
have found a selection of innovative
methods of ensuring that their climbing
facilities don't impinge on other hall uses,”
When building a wall
says Colin Boothroyd of Entre-Prise UK.
The involvement of the climbing wall
anything is possible,
manufacturer at the earliest stage of
design is likely to impact on the plans in
however additional
the adaptation of design of the
complications get very
foundations and exposed steelwork to
ensure that the steel substructure of the
expensive very quickly
The DCSF strongly encourages
climbing wall can be fitted without
schools to share their facilities with
undertaking additional works. As Don
their local community, including sport
Robinson of DR Climbing Walls says, “when climbing centre in North Wales, told edb:
facilities. In certain circumstances,
building a wall, anything is possible “When we opened The Beacon we saw it
schools can generate income by opening
however additional complications get very first and foremost as a climbing centre
up their facilities to other users, and it
expensive very quickly.” for climbers, now in addition, we see the
is possible to get outside groups to
Of course capital projects such as new centre as vital tool for social work groups,
fund facilities such as a climbing wall in
sports centres and facilities such as youth offending teams as well as those
return for regular usage.
climbing walls are not low cost projects working with adults returning to education.”
and as ever funding is an issue, however
whether a project is within the auspices Risk factors
of the BSF programme, facilities which The inherent dangers associated with
create learning environments that can rock climbing and, on occasions, its4
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