Supporters of plans to create a world-class climbing hall in the Highland capital have found new premises for the company.
The long-running saga to create the Ledge Climbing Gym seemed to have hit a wall this summer after an offer to set it up in a converted warehouse on Lotland Street – next to a fuel storage and distribution site – has was deemed too high. risk.
Backers said the Â£ 3million center would create 46 jobs, with the provision of a gym, fitness studio, retail outlet and cafe as well as facilities of climbing generating 1 million pounds per year for the local economy.
As the developers detailed plans to create a standard military “blast wall” around the facility, advisers rejected their request based on advice from the Health and Safety Executive.
They said that while the risk of an explosion was low, the impact if it did happen could be devastating.
Ledge chief executive Duncan McCallum then insisted that rejection was not the end of the road, with two other sites identified as alternatives, adding that “there is no lack of will and support” for vision.
And this week, plans seemed to be on the right track as the team revealed they had been secured a new location, at the city’s Telford Retail Park.
In a post on his Facebook site, a spokesperson for the project said, âGood Christmas news!
âAfter a lot of hunting, we finally found a big building!
âOver the past three months, we’ve been working with the owners of the Telford Retail Park to secure Unit 2 in the park (next to Currys) for the Ledge Climbing Gym.â
They added, âWe agreed to the terms and conditions six weeks ago and, following detailed negotiations, our architect Reynolds Architecture applied for a change-of-use authorization on November 16.
âThis ‘change of use’ app is now in the public domain, which means we can now officially share this fantastic news with everyone.
âThe building sits on one of the best locations in town and will provide us with 1393mÂ² of floor space – enough to accommodate over 900mÂ² of block and lead, a large bodybuilding and conditioning space, ‘CafÃ© Kraft style workout, yoga studio (or event space), great cafe, and retail.
“If the planning and design stages go as planned, we expect to open in late fall 2022.”
While confirming plans, including timing and funding, they added that this would hopefully be a âthird chanceâ for the long-planned project.