Case Study Blog
10th May 2012
This is our new page dedicated to bringing you updates on a new project for a climbing wall in central London.
Our aim is to showcase all of the work that goes into one of our bespoke climbing and bouldering walls.
Keep checking this blog for all the latest news and see what DR International Climbing Walls can do for you.
UPDATE: 3/12/12 - Read the Testimonial HERE
A site visit has been held for our London based climbing wall project, giving us the opportunity to discuss the needs of the customer and meet some of the end users.
Site visits are a great opportunity to understand exactly what the client wants, allowing us to tailor the climbing wall design to their specification.
We also took this opportunity to conduct a site survey giving us the measurements we need to generate a detailed model of the building, which in this case happens to be Grade II listed!
This brings about its own challenges so it is important that we work together with the Heritage Collective as well as frequent liaising with the Customer and Main Contractor.
Upon completing our meeting and site survey we set about modelling some initial climbing wall designs.
As with all our projects, we produced a few different designs to give the customer a range of options and prices to choose from.
After the customer has received our initial designs we can talk with them and the end users to make alterations, further tailoring the climbing wall to suit their needs.
We then create more visuals of the newly re-designed climbing wall to be approved by the customer.
In this case, parts of the wall had to be rearranged due to the listed status of the building. The colour scheme was also changed to the customer's preference.
3D CAD Model
Once the customer is happy with the design of the climbing wall, the official order is placed.
This is when we arrange to come and conduct a site survey to take our final accurate measurements of the area where this climbing wall will be.
Upon completion of the detailed site survey we begin building a 3D CAD model of the climbing wall using the latest Autodesk software.
This ensures that the climbing wall interacts with the surrounding environment correctly. All details are accounted for; every fixing back to the building is modelled and obstacles such as heating pipes and radiators are taken into account.
In this example, due to its listed status, the climbing wall could only be fixed back to the building and to the floor at certain points. Large wall mounted radiators also needed to be avoided as they could not be relocated.
Our detailed 3D CAD model is used for conducting the calculations and analysing the loadings that will be experienced by the climbing wall during its lifetime.
These must meet strict guidelines set out in the standard for artificial climbing structures BS EN 12572 and are conducted by an accredited Structural Engineer. Every single fixing detail is also checked and adapted if needed.
For this climbing wall, all the fixings had to be approved by the customer as well as conforming to the standard. Due to the Grade II Listed status of the building there are certain areas of the walls and flooring that must not be damaged or altered in any way.
Once the climbing wall structure has been approved by the structural engineer we will begin manufacture.
Our detailed fabrication drawings ensure that the climbing wall is manufactured accurately and to the highest quality.
Time on site is also kept to a minimum due to our walls being prefabricated. This has resulted in a highly efficient installation process with zero time spent manufacturing on site.
With the exception of freeform walls, all our framework is manufactured from high grade timber sourced from a sustainable forest.
Each panel is cut with precision from high quality birch plywood, which also comes from a sustainable source, ensuring a flawless finish to the climbing wall.
Upon completing the manufacture of the climbing wall we deliver it to site. Due to the nature of manufacture and the prefabrication of all the timber framework, our climbing wall installation process has been streamlined to ensure the minimum amount of time is spent on site.
We sometimes have to work to constraints imposed by the building. In this case the building was grade II listed and also had a special flooring which had to be protected. A supporting steel structure was installed to avoid fastening the timber frames directly to the walls of the building.
Our climbing walls are installed using scaffold towers and/ or mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) depending on what best suits the environment, and all members of our installation team hold the relevant qualifications including PASMA, IPAF and CSCS.
The process from the initial design phase through to the manufacture and installation culminates in a bespoke climbing wall built to the highest standard!
The final stage of finishing a climbing wall includes installing safety matting if required and setting climbing routes using bolt on holds. We also install climbing volumes (also known as macro features) which, like climbing holds, can be repositioned easily around the wall to add to the diversity of possible climbing challenges.
Thank you for following our case study blog. We hope it helped explain the process of building a climbing wall in a bit more detail. If you like what you see and would like to talk to us please call 0113 284 2369. Alternatively head over to our enquiry form page HERE and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
UPDATE: 3/12/12 - Paolo Fubini, the managing director of Arrampica Limited has written this Testimonial regarding the great climbing facility we designed and built for Westminster School.