Hold tight – work begins on UK’s highest climbing wall
A major new project will head for new heights after work began on the UK’s highest man-made outdoor climbing wall.
Higher than both the Tower of London and the Angel of the North, the towering ROKTFACE wall at ROKT climbing centre in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, will see people climb routes up to 36m.
The climbing wall will be created on one of the faces of a sky-scraping disused flour silo, which sits alongside the Calder and Hebble canal. Around 2,500 anchors are being drilled to create up to 28 unique routes.
The £75,000 project is being led by ROKT climbing in partnership with Calderdale Council to help raise the profile and participation of healthy activity as well as tourism for the area.
It will give daredevils views of up to around 20 miles across Yorkshire – the UK’s biggest county – when completed in spring. Bosses hope it could create around 10 new jobs and the ground-breaking project will also be affordably priced.
Euan Noble, ROKT’s Commercial Director, said: “ROKTFACE will give people of almost all climbing abilities the chance to effectively climb into the clouds and go higher than ever before. Thanks to our partnership with Calderdale Council, we’re turning dreams into reality.
“We opened six years ago with a dream of creating something different and inclusive – for climbers of all ages and abilities – and this is another step towards that.
“On Boxing Day 2015, we were under several feet of water and some thought ROKT wouldn’t survive. Just over a year on we are bigger, better and stronger than ever thanks to our customers and the community. Our plans won’t stop here as we are embracing climbing’s introduction into the next Olympics and during the coming months and years we will continue towards making ROKT and Halifax the adrenaline gateway to Yorkshire and maybe even the UK.”
Cllr Faisal Shoukat, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Inequalities, said: “We are happy to be involved with this innovative project and support ROKT’s ambitious plans in Brighouse. The new climbing wall is something really different for the area, providing a further, alternative option for people to get active, supporting Calderdale’s ambition to be the most active borough in the north.
“This project will be the first collaboration between the Council and ROKT, and we hope the partnership will inspire activity, increase footfall, benefit the local community and make Active Calderdale a reality.”
The routes will be set by respected climbers and will range from 28m to 36m high.
Euan added: “ROKT now covers several buildings across the site, including a highly-rated pub, and this addition will help grow visitors and the local economy. Millions of people are travelling from all over the country and the world to see what Yorkshire tourism has to offer – and this is yet another string to our bow.”