Really? Sheffield already has The Foundry, The Edge, The Matrix and The Works, plus at least 4 decent free outdoor boulders. It's just going to put extra strain on the existing leading walls.
This is no different to Sainsbury's opening a store where there are already 3 smaller stores (as has recently happened in Broomhill). One shop there has already closed. The same goes for sandwich shops in Highfield. Money has been put into a bright new shop within a quarter of a mile of 3 established smaller ones which are being drained of business. It's a "we're bigger and we don't care" attitude and I hate it.
In reply to UKC Gear: Great quote from Ed Hamer "It's the largest wall I've ever seen and I've seen quite a few from my travels!" - he must have had his eyes closed every time he has been to Ratho or Imst ;-)
In reply to Graeme Alderson:
I was thinking the same, 12.5 m isn't that big, perhaps it's the overhang that makes it look so big.
I went to the DAV centre in Stuttgart and that had 16 m walls indoors and an amazing 14 m featured wall outside.
In reply to gethin_allen:
Hi Gethin, The tallest walls are 16m with the majority at just under 15m. By the time you add the actual route length in many of the lines are 18+m with the competition wall been 23.5m long.
Thanks for the interest.
In reply to simes303: Si, I think this is a very different proposition to the existing walls which serve prob the most dense constituency of climbers in the UK across S6, 7, 8, 10 and 11. All of the walls you mention have a real community feel about them. My guess is that this AW sited alongside the M1 is a very different beast with a very different constituency, and not really in competition. Why would you drive from Nether Edge to go climbing at Meadowhall? Or from getting rained off at Burbage?
> (In reply to UKC Gear)
> Really? Sheffield already has The Foundry, The Edge, The Matrix and The Works, plus at least 4 decent free outdoor boulders. It's just going to put extra strain on the existing leading walls.
> This is no different to Sainsbury's opening a store where there are already 3 smaller stores (as has recently happened in Broomhill).
Don't forget The Picture House.
If someone is going to open a BMC NPC then surely the requirements of the BMC automatically mean they must be reasonably well funded? The parking spaces, the spectator viewing, the competition wall that can be permanently reserved, all add to the size and hence cost of the building, I would expect.
Aewsome may be well funded but they are hardly Sainsbury's or Tesco.
Obviously if the set up cost is enhanced for an NPC then there may be pressure on pricing to recover the costs, if not initially, perhaps later on. It will be interesting to see if the pricing matches the current walls or if Awesome think that Sheffield's Yorkshiremen will easily parted from their cash.
In reply to simes303:
More importantly than anything else, no other wall will ever have the wave, and thus the Foundry will always be king.
The thing I find funny is this: ".. an important role in providing training facilities for GB Team members and top-end climbers." No doubt the first part of that statement is true (thinking of the youth lead team) but very few of the 'top-end' climbers I can think of in Sheffield spend a significant amount of their indoor time with a rope on.