The architect has put forward proposals to build a 20,000 sq ft climbing centre near Oldham town centre including climbing walls, bouldering, and soft play areas.
The proposals are for a split-level site between Rock Street and Egerton Street, formerly home to the All Nations Church which has been demolished.
AEW’s client, the Stoller Charitable Trust, is proposing to build a flexible climbing centre with facilities including clip-and-climb, a main climbing wall, bouldering, soft play and changing rooms, along with a reception and a café, the latter of which will look over the climbing walls.
The building has been designed with the site’s steep gradient in mind; the entrance is via Egerton Street, with the building consisting of an upper ground, mezzanine, and lower ground floor. Using the gradient, the climbing centre appears as one storey from the Egerton Street side, and three storeys from Rock Street.
Grey cladding inspired by Peak District gritstone is proposed by the architect. Plans have now been submitted to Oldham Council for approval.