Conlon Construction has completed work on a 2,000 sqm split level climbing facility in Oldham that will become a community hub and a key funds generator for local causes.
Summit Up boasts world-class climbing challenges as well as retail facilities, with all distributable profits channelled into local community projects by The Stoller Charitable Trust, which initiated the scheme.
The £multi-million, 12-month project – which completed four-weeks ahead of schedule – was recently visited by Team GB climber, Shauna Coxsey. Designed by AEW Architects, with works overseen by Dooley Associates, the futuristic external façade cuts a striking image, inspired by the Peak District and particularly local stone ‘gritstone’.
The internal space consists of an upper ground, mezzanine and lower ground, to complement the steep gradient of the site on Oldham’s Egerton Street. Climbers can explore 100 climbing routes spread across 47 rope lines, two official speed walls with timers and a unique two-tier floating boulder, all of which are of equal standard to the Olympic Speed Wall. For those looking to climb without a partner, the centre has auto belays for solo climbing.
It’s also home to one of the largest and highest Clip ‘n Climb arenas in the UK, with 35 different fun challenges for ages 4+, plus toddler sessions for kids aged 2-4 and children’s parties.
Key challenges at Clip ‘n Climb include the popular Stairway to Heaven, the adrenalin pumping Leap of Faith, and an impressive 10-metre Vertical Drop Slide. There will also be two ValoClimb walls that use the world’s first interactive gaming technology – combining climbing with interactive gaming. The internal fit out was delivered by Entre-Prises, pioneers of ‘Clip ‘n Climb’.
Darren Lee, commercial director for Conlon Construction, said: “We are proud to have played our part in delivering this landmark project in Oldham. It’s a spectacular building that will open doors for so many people – not just through climbing but also through the vital funds it generates.
“This is the latest in a number of Greater Manchester projects for Conlon and aligns perfectly with our vision to deliver modern developments that offer a lasting social value.”
Stephen Lowe, chairman of SCT Climbing Ltd, said: “Our purpose as a charity is to raise aspirations, support Oldham’s young people to reach the height of their ability, and provide a helping hand when it is most needed. Summit up is the result of a vision that came to life by a team of like-minded partners, and this centre will play a crucial role in helping us achieve our goals and change people’s lives for the better through the funds we raise.”
Summit Up is a trading subsidiary of The Stoller Charitable Trust, whose purpose is to provide opportunities that raise aspirations and support young people in Oldham by offering a helping hand when it is needed most. All distributable profits made by the centre will be reinvested back into the charity to leave a legacy for the local community.
For more information, visit https://summitupclimbing.com/