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Activity hub set to climb high after investment; leisure.

Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

APS350,000 investment has given a County Durham climbing facility a major lift and created a raft of jobs.

ROF 59 activity centre on Aycliffe Business Park, which is owned by local businessman John Finley, has spent the cash to re-launch its climbing area with five new elements.

Entre-Prises, based in Lancashire, has been enlisted to install the new climbing facilities, for people of all abilities, with help of local climbing consultant Nick Pilling from Mountain Activity Company (MAC).

And the four-month programme has created two new full-time and 10 part-time roles at ROF 59 after the closure of Rock Antics earlier this year.

Adventure walls, speed climbing walls, a tower climbing area, mosaic climbing walls and bouldering are all now available at ROF 59, with courses and party bookings available next month.

ROF 59 has also appointed Matthew Breadin as its new lead climbing instructor.

Mr Finley said: "It has been a long project and months in the making but we've been determined to make it a climbing facility to attract people of all abilities, and we're delighted with the end result.

"In Entre-Prises we've used the world's leading manufacturer of climbing walls and holds, and together with the expert guidance of local climbing consultant Nick Pilling we're confident we've created something really special for people who either love climbing, or want to try it out."

ROF 59 originally opened in September 2015 after a PS1.1m investment, rejuvenating the old Presswork Metals building and former World War II munitions factory into a 21st Century entertainment and leisure venue.

The 70,000 sq ft centre also includes the Blitz restaurant and Bunker bar and lounge, named in homage to the building's association with the War.

We're confident we've created something really special for people who either love climbing, or want to try it outJohn Finley

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Finley Leisure managing director John Finley with ROF 59 lead climbing instructor Matthew Breadin (left) and consultant Nick Pilling.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 22, 2017
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