Revealed – Plans unveiled for new adrenalin-pumping climbing complex at Ransomes Europark

The Vertical Drop slide, which is due to be built at the Ipswich centre. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN

The Vertical Drop slide, which is due to be built at the Ipswich centre. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB - Credit: Archant

Ransomes Europark could be in for another boost if a new climbing and activity complex for thrillseekers is given the green light by planners.

One of the towering climbing challenges at a Clip 'n Climb complex. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWM

One of the towering climbing challenges at a Clip 'n Climb complex. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB - Credit: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB

Popular leisure chain Clip ‘n Climb is the latest business to show interest in the park, with bosses submitting proposals for land near Makro earlier this week.

Earmarked for a site close to the Ipswich East fire station in The Havens, it would offer more than a dozen different climbing challenges for everyone from daredevils to young children.

What the Clip n Climb centre in Ipswich could look like. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/LOUISE RICHARDSON/CLI

What the Clip n Climb centre in Ipswich could look like. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/LOUISE RICHARDSON/CLIP 'N CLIMB - Credit: ENTRE-PRISES/LOUISE RICHARDSON/CLIP 'N CLIMB

The Vertical Drop attraction is thought to be among the highest slides in the UK – while the adrenalin-pumping Leap of Faith sees participants catch hold of a trapeze.

Chiefs behind the Clip ‘n Climb centre submitted their application very recently, so it is still in an early stage with the full proposals expected to go before planners in due course.

Bosses say it is impossible to get bored at a Clip 'n Climb centre. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWM

Bosses say it is impossible to get bored at a Clip 'n Climb centre. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB - Credit: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB


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However, director Mark Patterson is keen to set out his vision for the facility.

Mr Patterson said: “It is very exciting, and will be fantastic for the local Ipswich community.

Chiefs also hope to open a cafe at the new climbing centre. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP

Chiefs also hope to open a cafe at the new climbing centre. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB - Credit: Archant

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“It was actually how much my two boys enjoyed a similar centre that got us started. But it’s not just for kids – far from it.

“It will be good for teenagers and adults too, with the highest challenges a real test for anyone’s courage.”

The Leap of Faith attraction. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB

The Leap of Faith attraction. Picture: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB - Credit: ENTRE-PRISES/GAVIN NEWMAN/CLIP 'N CLIMB

Full plans for the activity centre are being unveiled just as Nando’s bosses confirmed preparations to open in the former Pizza Hut building in The Sandlings are progressing well.

Bosses are currently giving the building finishing touches – including a new lick of paint – but are yet to announce an official opening date.

The new leisure and climbing complex is earmarked for land opposite 30 The Havens, between the Ipswi

The new leisure and climbing complex is earmarked for land opposite 30 The Havens, between the Ipswich East fire station and Makro close to Ransome's Europark. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: GOOGLE MAPS

Pizza Hut will be changed into a Nando's restaurant on the Euro Retail Park in Ipswich. Picture: GRE

Pizza Hut will be changed into a Nando's restaurant on the Euro Retail Park in Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Nando's is coming to Ransomes Europark soon. Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS

Nando's is coming to Ransomes Europark soon. Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS - Credit: Archant

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