Skate park planned for Ardwick

Hazel Grove-based Beast Rampz has applied for planning consent to change the use of a vacant industrial unit in Montague House, Ardwick into an indoor skate park.

Subject to planning consent, Beast Rampz will spend £100,000 fitting out the 27,500 sq ft unit in Matthews Street ready for opening in the autumn.

Mark Newbould, founder of Beast Rampz, added: "Our vision is to create the finest skate park in the North West and hopefully one of the top three in the UK.

"We aim to provide safe and secure facilities for people of all ages and abilities. Whether they are interested in skateboarding, BMXs or even scooters, we have something for everyone as all our facilities will be available to wheelchair users.

"We will have full coaching facilities, especially during school holidays and even a shop selling equipment and a 'Mini Beast Rampz' for the under sixes."

Beast Rampz is owned by Newbould and Tim Bottomley and this is their first endeavour. A planning decision is expected in September.

Eric Quirk and Alison Rocca at law firm Glaisyers advised Beast Rampz. Quirk said: "The client has plans for significant investment in the park which should really benefit the city providing Manchester with a great facility for everyone to enjoy.

"It's great to see that, despite the economic climate, we are still able to advise on worthwhile projects like this that encourages kids to get off the sofa and interact with each other in a safe environment."

Steven Abbott Associates is advising Beast Rampz.

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