Centriforce material has school children climbing the walls
By Anthony Clark
Posted 14 September 2012
A climbing wall for schools made from recycled plastics has been design by Beacon Climbing Walls using Stokbord panels from Centriforce.
Three schools have so far installed the climbing walls
So far three schools, two in Wales and one in London, have installed the walls, each one built to a bespoke specification.
The Stokbord climbing wall have been developed specifically for use where school buildings have uneven or pebble-dash surfaces where conventional ‘direct-fix’ climbing walls are unsuitable.
Gill Lovick, director of Beacon Climbing Walls, said: “The Stokbord panels have provided a much-needed, low-cost solution to building climbing walls where school walls are not flat.
"In conventional direct fix designs, the climbing holds can be fixed directly into the wall, but with uneven surfaces the plastic panels are attached via battens to the wall and the climbing holds are fixed to the plastic boards instead.
“Climbing walls are becoming a popular addition to many school playgrounds as a means to fulfil some of the aspirations of the National Curriculum for outdoor learning,” she added.
The first schools to install the Stokbord-based climbing walls are Ysgol Llandygai, Bangor, Ysgol Llanfawr, Holyhead and Maple Walk School in London.
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