/ Bendcrete Climbing Walls
You need to find out if they are really insolvent (I just checked the Companies House web site and they are still listed as 'active'), or are just trying to cut staff numbers cheaply. Either way you have rights:
Sounds like it's been really badly handled. I wish you the best of luck.
whats the story here ? ?
Hi Ian if you mean what is the story with the Beacon...then what has happened is that for some time we have been spreading our wall building capacity too thinly between building conventional walls and developing and building our new product - CrazyClimb.
Given the amount of interest we've had in CrazyClimb we made the decision earlier in the summer to focus the efforts of our N Wales manufacturing 100% on CrazyClimb in order to give this product the best possible chance of success. At the same time we still get plenty of enquiries for conventional walls and we decided to become UK agents for Walltopia.
The situation with Bendcrete and it's employees is very sad, and an unfortunate reflection of how tough the climbing wall industry is at the moment.
we've now relocated to the north east as Coleg Harlech has hit the news for the wrong reasons http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/no-bailout-planned-crisis-hit-2637039
Sad news. End of an era I guess.
The old Cambridge KK Bendcrete wall is now doomed also. Entreprises are all set to cover it up with ply.
Are feature walls not made in the same way these days? I'm sure I saw something being built on here the other day with a feature wall. That didn't appear to be ply. Are they a victim of their processes or is it just too little work to go around?
80's and 90's phrase of choice "Broughton Power"
Really? I just assumed it was kind of random and felt lucky when I found it open. Is that just day time?
I guess that they always had the advantage of having interesting and rock-like features balanced by the fact that route setting on them is difficult and limited. And over time, as walls have gone in for increasingly frequent resetting and more interesting and creative routes from specialist route setters, the balance has tipped in favour of plywood.
Maybe at some point someone will come up with a best-of-both-worlds solution....
Broughtom is open during week days, but only open until 9:30 in the evening Tuesdays and Thursdays
> Maybe at some point someone will come up with a best-of-both-worlds solution....
I'm sure at Oldham whole panels were moved around the wall (placed upside down / in a new location). Maybe have square Bendcrete stylee panels which could be customised with a few bolt on holds? would be a lot more awkward to handle though - probs needing scaffolding rather than just a rope for setting routes.
> Sad news. End of an era I guess.
> The old Cambridge KK Bendcrete wall is now doomed also. Entreprises are all set to cover it up with ply.
> Are feature walls not made in the same way these days? I'm sure I saw something being built on here the other day with a feature wall. That didn't appear to be ply. Are they a victim of their processes or is it just too little work to go around?
Climbing walls seem to be regressing to some extent. Either that or make it 'wacky' Most new bouldering walls appear to be from the same (non) mould which is a shame;even just a small area of moulded, more imaginative stuff makes a wall much more interesting imo. Presumably costs and/or a lack of demand...or imagination?...are the reasons.
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