Westmead Activity Centre

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Meet the Engineers behind Westmead Activity Centre

We are continuing our series of short videos with some of the key members of the team behind the Westmead Climbing Centre.

Next up are our engineers. Meet Peter Gates, Ralph Pelly and Konstantin Prochorenko, the project team at Giraffe Engineering undertaking the structural design for the project.

Thanks Peter, Ralph and Konstantin for all your hard work so far. You can view our Meet the Architect video here.

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Try Climbing – August fun days for all the family

Join us over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd August for our Try Climbing – fun days. A perfect opportunity to have a go at rock climbing, play games, find out about climbing and meet the team behind Chippenham’s new activity centre.

Event details

  • 9.30am – 4.00pm on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August 2021* at Westmead Playing Field, off Westmead Lane, Chippenham, SN15 3HZ
  • Meet staff from The Climbing Academy who will be running The Arc. They will be on hand to provide information about climbing and their other centres, share special offers and to play games with attendees.
  • Staff and trustees from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity will be able to provide you with further information about the Westmead Activity Centre, the ‘Borough Lands’ and our grant giving to Chippenham residents.
  • Get a taste of this exhilarating lifetime sport on a mobile self-belaying climbing wall provided by Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team (WOLT).
  • Open to over 5-year olds and suitable for all ages (please note to fit the harnesses you need to be under 18 stone).
  • £1 to climb each wall with 4 walls to climb in total.
  • The walls can have 4 people climbing at any one time and use automatic belays. The auto belay system ensures each climber descends steadily and safely at all times.
  • There are different climbing challenges across the 4 climbing routes making it perfect for complete beginners to experienced climbers. The WOLT team will be available to provide support and assistance to every climber.
  • No pre-booking required.
  • While climbing the Mobile Climbing Wall we recommend wearing casual clothes and sensible shoes.
  • Light refreshments will be on offer from Just on the Hoof, including barista coffee, milkshakes and homemade cake.

Special offer for local groups & clubs

We are offering local groups and clubs the opportunity to book a special exclusive group climbing session on Friday 20th August prior to the main event. Chippenham groups and clubs can have exclusive use of the mobile climbing wall on Friday 20th August, 2021 costing £30 for an hour slot for up to 30 people. The following hourly slots are available to book in advance9.30-10.30am, 10.30-11,30am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm and 3-4pm. Please get in touch with katie@cblc.org.uk to book or for any further information.

*Please note – If it looks like there will be heavy rain or strong winds over the few days from the 20th-22nd August the event will be postponed. Please check back to this website or on our Facebook page for the latest information.

 

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Meet the Architect behind Westmead Activity Centre

We are starting a series of short videos with some of the key members of the team behind the Westmead Climbing Centre. First up is Rob Elkins of Elkins Architects, Chippenham. Rob has been the lead architect working on the project from the very beginning…

Thanks Rob for all your hard work so far!

#Meettheteam #WestmeadActivityCentre

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Climbing Centre update – confirmed partners, a NEW NAME & employment opportunities!

It is with great delight that we would like to formally announce that The Climbing Academy (TCA) will be running our new climbing centre in Chippenham. TCA is an exceptional operator of climbing centres with 4 walls 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 will be running the whole centre, including management of the café and skate park.

We would also like to jointly announce that the winner of the TCA competition to name the new climbing centre is Karen Jones, with her entry – The Arc. Karen took inspiration from the location, noting that Arc came from Avon River climbing.

Photo features from L to R – Nina Gizzie (TCA Operations Manager), Sam Mitchell (TCA Chief Instructor), Karen Jones (competition winner) and Geraldine McKibben (Trustee for Chippenham Borough Lands Charity)

The Arc is due to open in Spring 2022 and will be the fifth climbing centre run by TCA and its 3rd based in South West England.

Helen Cassidy, TCA Marketing Manager, said,

“With almost 200 entries to the competition from local residents, schools and climbers from further afield, the judging process was extremely difficult. The standard of entries was very high with so many creative, thoughtful and clever ideas. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. We are very excited to be able to offer great climbing opportunities in Chippenham and to get to know new climbers from the local area.”

Phil Tansley, CEO, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity said,

“It is with great pleasure that we can confirm that The Climbing Academy will be running our new climbing centre, café and managing the skate park. We are delighted that it’s a Chippenham resident who has won the competition and look forward to the centre opening early next year.”

Finally, TCA has some very exciting employment opportunities available – including jobs at The Arc in Chippenham.

They are looking for new staff to work in roles such as Operations Managers, a Head Setter, Instructing Managers, a Cafe Manager and Senior Duty Managers. If you’re interested in working for an expanding company within the climbing wall industry check out the TCA website – https://www.theclimbingacademy.com/careers.

 

 

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Construction work climbing upwards!

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at the Westmead Activity Centre site as the climbing centre has really started to take shape and rise from the ground. A big milestone moment was reached over a week ago as concrete was poured onto the elevated slab…

This past week has seen the steel frame sections being craned into position bringing a real glimpse of the shape and structure of the new climbing centre.

 

And finally the site also hosted one of its very first VIP visits. Elliott, aged 8, greatly enjoyed his special tour round the site with site manager, Dave, earlier this week.

There was a massive ramp onto the building and the crane was huge, it lifted things really high. I can’t wait to see it lift the big bits. The bolts are really big to hold it together. This is so exciting, it’s going to be great – I’m so pleased this is being built.

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Flood compensation work commencing on Westmead Playing Field

Some engineering work will be taking place across Westmead playing field shortly. This is part of the flood compensation strategy for the site. A full set of experts in their respective fields have designed drainage, civils, structure, SUDS and storm water management to ensure that the scheme has a net benefit to the flood plain.

The work is part of the new measures that are being put in place to preserve and improve the normal functions of the site. There will be some heavy machinery on site during the work to reduce and level areas of the playing field within the area highlighted below. During the work access to the field will be limited.

Rigg Construction Ltd will endeavour to minimise disruption during this period  and construction will be between 8am and 5pm weekdays with any work on Saturdays only taking place during the morning only. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the construction site or work on the playing field, please contact Ben Mees, Contract Manager, Rigg Construction Ltd on telephone number 01225 705668.

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Win membership to the new Climbing Centre!

An exciting new competition has been launched to name the climbing centre aspect of the new Westmead Activity Centre with fantastic prizes available for the winning entry.

Whilst we are funding the building of the new facility, our intended partner to run the whole activity centre is The Climbing Academy (TCA). TCA is an experienced climbing centre operator with four 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 launched a brilliant new competition to name the new climbing centre. TCA are keen to reflect the local area and history in the title. The winner will receive an invitation to an exclusive opening event and the chance to be one of the first people to climb there. You’ll also get to choose from a 12-month pass for an individual, a 6-month pass for you and a friend/partner, a 6-month family pass or a session for a winning class entry from a local school.

We’ve been excited about this project since we first started discussing it with CBLC almost 2 years ago.  The climbing centre will be one of the first ‘ground up’ builds in the UK and is a real testament to the vision of CBLC and their desire to provide something really special for Chippenham.  TCA is looking forward to providing great climbing for experienced climbers but are really excited to introduce beginners to what is a great form of sociable exercise.  We can’t wait to get open and to start welcoming the people of Chippenham.

Richard Emerson, Director of TCA

 

Read more about the competition including how to enter here. Good luck!

 

 

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Construction has started!

Construction work has now commenced to build the new Westmead Activity Centre. Initial work will include clearing the grass areas and preparing the site to be ready to start the piling work.

We managed to capture the obligatory first spade in the ground shot!