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Rock climbing company plans second Liverpool facility

The Climbing Hangar wants to open a new Liverpool ‘bouldering’ facility at the Matchworks estate in Garston.

The leisure operator has identified an opportunity to cater for South Liverpool residents following the success of its first centre on Birchall Street, near the city’s Sandhills train station.

A planning application submitted to Liverpool City Council is seeking permission to convert two units at the Urban Splash development which were last occupied by Liverpool Football Club Television (LFCTV).

The Climbing Hangar, which has three branches across the UK and a fourth opening in Swansea next month, provides space for climbers of all levels to practice bouldering.

Bouldering is a type of rock climbing which is performed on small artificial walls without the use of ropes or harnesses, although climbers do wear specialist footwear and use chalk to keep their hands dry.

The proposals also include a café which would be available to customers and the 800-plus individuals working on the Matchworks site.

A document included with the planning application says: “The Climbing Hangar have been attempting to identify suitable premises within the area. However, as no available or feasible premises within existing centres have been identified, alternatives in out-of-centre locations have had to be considered.

“This has led to discussions being held with Urban Splash, the owner of the Matchworks, who operate and promote the site and consider the proposal an exciting and complementary venture to the existing uses, office premises and employees.

“The existing vacant premises are within a suitable and accessible location within the required catchment area, and are able to meet The Climbing Hangar’s requirements and serve the local communities.

“The proposal will comprise the re-use of a vacant building, which has historically struggled with the reduction in demand for traditional office space in non city centre locations in recent years.

“The building’s floor to ceiling height and its layout also provide the ideal opportunity for its use as The Climbing Hangar.”