Presentation at Bleau Climbing Gym, Ghent

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On Sunday October 24th 2010, the City of Ghent and Bleau Climbing Gym presented the new climbing gym project. Designer, and also keen climber, Lode Vranken was present to explain the project on the ‘Watersportbaan of the Blaarmeersen’.



Architect, Designer, and also avid climber Lode Vranken of De Bouwerij was present to explain the project. The project will mark De Bouwerij’s first passive indoor climbing centre in Europe.

Bleau Climbing Gym has grown over the years into a leading climbing hall in Belgium and along with the Bleau Climbing Team, organizes a wide range of activities. It's not only the extensive youth work and the many competitions that are organized, but also many school initiations and birthday parties. In addition, we also plan regular events, exhibitions and film screenings. And as if that isn’t enough, they also recently launched their own G-activity. The consequence of this is that Bleau Climbing Gym is fully occupied and really just too small to handle all of this.

Furthermore, there is no qualitative horizontal climbing hall to be found in Ghent, which causes the climber to have to move to Brussels, Puurs or Courtrai, in order to practice this other discipline in sport climbing. This lack of specific infrastructure is indeed a structural handicap for the members of the youth work at competition level, compared with the youth climbers who are able to train in a qualitative horizontal climbing gym. The youth scores more than enough in boulder competitions, thanks to the perfect boulder wall in Bleau Climbing Gym, but in the horizontal climbing circuit, the structural lack of good horizontal training accommodation is obvious.

Thus Bleau Climbing Gym and the City of Ghent got together to build a new state-of-the-art, climbing and adventure centre. The City of Ghent made a plot of land available to the ‘Watersportbaan’, more particularly on « Exit West » of the ‘Blaarmeersen’.

What can you expect?

- a large, high climbing gym, 17 metres high, for the average to top climber;
- a smaller technical gym;
- a boulder gym;
- a climbing and clambering gym for infants;
- changing rooms, wash rooms and toilets, a cafeteria and a multifunctional (meeting) room.
- open air boulder rocks and an outside climbing wall.
- on the exterior walls there will be the adventure part, with a death-ride, a speleobox, a rappel or abseiling stand, a rope track and a via ferrata;
- (expansion for an 70 metre long bobsleigh starting track is possible;)
- …

Sustainability comes first with this passive construction.
Top Sport Climbing will now increasingly be connected to Ghent. These plans will also help to make Ghent the sporting capital of Flanders. The laying of the foundation stone is scheduled for spring 2011 and the new climbing hall should be operational by the end of 2012.

For more info - www.bleau.be

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