About Us

Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

The Westmead community parkland and activity centre is owned by Chippenham Borough Lands Charity who also run this website. We are a place based, grant giving charity with the aim of helping the people of Chippenham. The ‘Borough Lands’ consist of over 70 acres of land, in the centre of Chippenham, which we maintain and are working on enhancing for community use. These include Westmead Playing Field, Westmead Open Space, Baydons Meadow and Mortimores Wood.

The Westmead Activity centre continues our long history of the provision of recreation and leisure facilities for the people of Chippenham.

We support organisations

We provide funding support to local charities, non-profit organisations and groups that support &/or provide a service to Chippenham residents.

We support

We help eligible individuals who live in Chippenham and are on a low income with support in welfare, education and enrichment resources and activities.

We support the local community

We run projects such as developing the Westmead Activity Centre with the goal of improving life for Chippenham’s residents.

Funding for the Westmead Activity Centre

The new climbing centre and skatepark is being funded from our charity’s investments together with a grant of £200,000 from Wiltshire Council towards the skate park and £100,000 grant towards the climbing centre from Sport England.

Partnership working

CBLC are delighted to be working with a range of local companies to build and deliver the Westmead Activity Centre. From local architects to project management and engineers.


We’ve tried to balance street and park elements to facilitate a range of ability usage and would like to thank the local group of skateboarders who have been worked closely with a professional design team on this aspect of the project.

Climbing Centre

The Climbing Academy (TCA) is CBLC’s preferred operator for the Westmead Activity Centre. TCA is an exceptional and experienced operator of climbing centres in Bristol and Glasgow. We look forward to working with TCA in the provision of these first class facilities subject to finalising occupation and management arrangements.


Canvas are an experienced designer and installer of concrete skateparks. The Bristol based company have designed the skatepark for The Westmead Activity Centre in consultation with a local user group.

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The CMS Group

The CMS Group is an award winning organisation of Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors. The project is being managed by CMS Project Managers & Surveyors Ltd.

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Elkins Architects

The Westmead Activity Centre has been designed by Elkins Architects, local Chippenham architects who pride themselves on their sustainable and ecological designs. Rob Elkins of Elkins architects, has designed the unique, purpose built climbing centre, the surrounding landscaping and is heading up the design team on the project.

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Giraffe Engineering

Giraffe Engineering have provided a full suite of Structural and Civil design services for this project. The structure designed overcomes the unique challenges inherent to the function and location of the buildings, offering an elegant yet serviceable design. As keen climbers themselves, Giraffe eagerly await the completion of the centre.

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Greengauge is a Wiltshire building & engineering consultancy specialising in sustainable, low energy design.

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Rigg Construction (Southern) Ltd

Rigg Construction (Southern) Ltd have been trading since 1989, and have successfully delivered a range of new build schemes including commercial, community and school projects in Wiltshire and surrounding counties. Rigg are the lead Contractor for the Westmead Activity Centre.

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The Climbing Academy

The Climbing Academy (TCA) is an exceptional operator of climbing centres. TCA has 4 bouldering and roped climbing centres in Bristol and Glasgow, offering the very best bouldering and roped climbing facilities and courses for climbers of all abilities. TCA has advised and worked with the design team on the climbing centre aspect of the project and is our intended partner to run the whole centre, including management of the café and skate park.

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Walltopia is the world’s leading climbing walls manufacturer. They have designed, are manufacturing and will be installing the new indoor and outside climbing walls which will be reconfigurable to keep it challenging and interesting.

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Sport England

Thank you to Sport England who have awarded a grant of £100,000 to help build the climbing centre.

Wiltshire Council

We are grateful to Wiltshire Council who are providing funding of £200,000 towards the skate park element of Westmead Activity Centre.