HarroWall and LCC London Expansion Update
Lots going on so we are long overdue a general update!
In January 2017 we announced on UKClimbing.com we had found an additional site in Harrow-on-the-Hill. See news item by clicking here.
In reality we had actually found three new properties in addition to securing an extra arch for VauxWall to expand. We have been working hard behind the scenes on all four projects for nearly a year. London is a trixsy place to secure properties for leisure use involving many drawn out planning processes.
We have now announced project number 2 VauxEast in Kennington, just a short walk from our current VauxWall, this will add much needed climbing capacity south of the river. Full announcement by clicking here. Work has commenced on VauxEast, as a listed building that’s been vacant for over a decade we first must restore it before we can build our bouldering walls and gym facilities. The current aim is to be open in January 2018.
Our fourth arch at VauxWall has been long in the making but we will soon have access to the newly renovated space. Our current projection to have this open in mid October 2017. Currently we limit capacity at VauxWall to maximum 130 people to maintain a safe and accessible climbing space even at our busiest times. The new arch will allow us to increase this to ~160 whilst offering increased variety of angles.
We have had some unexpected delays with our flagship project in Harrow. HarroWall is now scheduled to open in January 2018. This huge centre will sport extensive bouldering walls split into three large zones in addition to: 6 different training boards, comprehensive climbing conditioning area, a 60 degree routing roof, 10 auto belay lines, a 150 metre long caving facility, event space, function rooms, large cafe and climbing gear shop. Neatly separated and sound proofed from the main climbing areas we will also have a 12 element CrazyKong facility, climbing castle and soft play area for younger climbers. All this and we are still keeping a section undeveloped for expanding into. We are awaiting the final green light and are aiming to start building on the 2nd October.
We have set up the HarroWall social feeds and will update these as we get going:
Our 4th project in West London is at Ravenscourt Park, near Hammersmith and we are working towards final planning sometime in October with a view to opening early in 2018.
Similar to our friends at The Arch Climbing Centres we will be offering access to all our London centres under one registration and membership. Our mothership Kendal Wall will remain separate but we highly recommend going for a visit if you are up north.
Clearly this expansion will allow lots of job opportunities in a range of positions. Currently we are advertising for 2 Senior Project Managers to help bring the centres to life, the roles will then lead into management roles in our new centres. Check out the advert here. Please share.
Thank you all for visiting VauxWall, we are very excited about expanding!