Work has begun on the £7 million family leisure park 270 Climbing at Bentham in Gloucestershire.
When complete the climbing centre and sports activity park is expected to create an estimated 60 new jobs and facilities fit for everyone from families to Olympic athletes.
The scheme won planning approval in April 2021 and the Gloucestershire team behind the project has now begun clearing the former Bentham Country Club of its famous inflatable domes.
David Stevens, director of 270 Climbing and part of the team that runs the Warehouse Climbing Centre in Gloucester, said: ‘It is safe to say the Bentham skyline looks a little different now that’s for sure, but we’re so pleased to be properly starting the development onsite after almost three years in planning.’
The six acres of land in the shadow of Crickley Hill off the A417 is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the Green Belt.
‘The new replacement dome will offer a modern, multi-purpose space for various team sports and activities and will blend in sympathetically with its surroundings,’ said a statement from 270 Climbing.
The project aims to create one of the best climbing facilities in the country with the replacement dome providing a multi-purpose space for team sports and activities as well as a bouldering competition wall.
There are also plans for an artificial caving system, soft play area, fitness studio and therapy rooms, two cafés, a glamping area, high-ropes course and zip wire.
Cheltenham-based architects Corylus Planning & Environmental has helped design the scheme.
Construction work is due to begin in March 2022, with a phased opening later in the year.
By Andrew Merrell