Due to the success of its flagship climbing wall, which has received more than 100,000 customers, The Climbing Hangar has opened its second Liverpool site on the Matchworks estate in Speke.
The all-new 11,200 sq foot indoor climbing centre is an upgrade on the existing Birchall Street venue. It features a bright and comfortable cafe and licensed bar with views of the climbing facility, serving a variety of fresh, ethically sourced food and great, local coffee. The new venue also boasts hang out spaces, kids’ climbing and training facilities for those aged seven and over, and free onsite parking. Furthermore, the site has created more than 20 new jobs in the South Liverpool area.
Brand new climbs are created at the site every week to ensure that there is always something new and interesting to try, regardless of climbing ability or experience. Several of the site’s original climbs have been set by British number one and former bouldering world champion, Shauna Coxsey, who is a Hangar ambassador.
Like all UK leisure and indoor sports centres and facilities, The Climbing Hangar has been closed in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is looking forward to welcoming back both existing and new climbers having been given the green light following the government’s announcement last month.
In line with the new guidelines and restrictions it is now essential to book a climbing slot in advance to help manage flow and capacity at the site.
In addition to this new booking system a range of measures have also been introduced to ensure the safety of each climber. This includes marked one way paths on the mats to make it easy for people to know where to stand while waiting to climb and for ease of movement around the centre, dedicated cleaning rotas between slots and deep cleans between off peak and peak times and on close each day, as well as an increased number of sanitiser stations around the sites to make it easier than ever for visitors to clean their hands and look after one another.
Ged Macdomhnaill, founder of The Climbing Hangar, said: “Liverpool was our first ever site so it was only natural to return to the heart of the Hangar for the next evolution of the Hangar brand. The design of our climbing facilities has not only improved over almost a decade, but also adapted to meet the needs of our growing local community.
“We understand that as well as our long-standing climbing enthusiasts, we’re also welcoming more families and friendship groups through the door, looking for a new adrenaline fix or even just a fun bonding experience for the family photo album or Instagram. This is why the quality of our social spaces and cafe has specifically been enhanced.
“The owners of Matchworks and award-winning regeneration specialists, Urban Splash, have been really instrumental in bringing our vision for it to be more than just a climbing wall to life, providing a great setting with an abundance of space for our new bouldering experience.”