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JM Adventure - Design & Construction

Design Stages


Phasing of Works

Design & Construction - Climbing Tower

Our primary objectives at the beginning of projects are:

  • Establish working boundaries using temporary fencing.
  • Confirming access routes and drop areas are allocated and remain clear.
  • Familiarize the construction team with site procedures and facilities including emergency protocol, first aid facilities, site security and welfare.
  • Arrival of material and plant machinery (if required).
  • Define the course footprint on the ground or in trees and check with the client they are happy.
  • Scan the area for underground services.
  • Level the ground (if required).

The early part or 'first fix' of a high or low pole based project normally proves to be the busiest period in terms of deliveries and machinery movement. The ground is levelled, the poles, steel and timber deliveries are unloaded and poles installed using an excavator and telescopic handler.

Ground covering and surrounds are then laid; followed by the installation of any timber braces, steel beams or guy wires, which are required to keep the course rigid. This is achieved by using cranes or chain hoists for lifting and mobile access platforms for working from.

The remainder of the construction phase or the second fix includes the fitting of elements, platforms; belay systems, safe means of access, climbing walls and roofs.

Ground Covering

Design & Construction - Ground Covering

The type of ground covering below your ropes course depends on a number of factors, including current legislation, site atheistic and participants. Low ropes courses rarely exceed one metre, the height where ground covering as a safety surface becomes a legal requirement under BS EN 1176. We therefore advise ground covering on both high and low courses to be a working surface, preventing the ground becoming eroded and muddy.

We recommend pea gravel, owing to its good drainage, it does not stick to ropes and does not mulch down and require maintenance like bark or wood chips. However, wood chips are more aesthetically

pleasing and appropriate in a woodland environment.

The covering is normally between 100mm by 150mm deep, laid on Geo textile matting to prevent weeds growing through and enclosed in a treated timber surround.

For further information, please contact JM Adventure.