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The Arc

The Arc , Westmead Lane , Chippenham , Wiltshire, SN15 3HZ

Explore Chippenham’s most striking new building, one of the UK’s 1st purpose-built climbing centres. The Arc combines modern materials with lots of wood, natural light and connected spaces in which the community can climb, skate and meet.

Designed by Chippenham Architect Rob Elkins (Artel31) for Chippenham Borough Lands Charity (CBLC), The Arc climbing centre is one of Chippenham’s newest and most striking structures. It is one of the first climbing centres in the UK to be entirely purpose-built. Most are established in existing warehouses or churches.

This is your chance to find out what goes on behind the peaks of the impressive north and south blocks. You will learn interesting details about the building including how it has been future-proofed to withstand being built on a flood plain! The centre is operated by The Climbing Academy on behalf of CBLC. You will have the chance to meet TCA staff and ask questions about how the centre works.

In addition to the main buildings, The Arc features an impressive wooden cafe decking that affords views of the rare outside climbing wall, a state-of-the-art skatepark (designed by CANVAS), play park designed by Touch Wood and Westmead Playing Fields. The tour will include inside and outside locations, so come prepared for both.

Discover more creativity within Chippenham’s Heritage Quarter for Heritage Open Days, with a number of other openings and tours taking place on Saturday 16 September. Please contact Chippenham Museum on 01249 705020 or visit chippenham.gov.uk/chippenham-museum/museum-whats-on/ for further details.

This event took place in September 2023 and the entry is now archived.

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The Arc, Chippenham Museum

Date last modified: 10th August 2023 at 15:43