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Telford's investment reaches new heights

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Meet Telford & Shropshire is celebrating the commencement of work on an exciting £200,000 new addition to its outdoor events offer. 
A brand new aerial ropes course is being installed in Telford Town Park and forms part of the wider ongoing regeneration of the town centre, investment in which currently stands at over £450million.

The innovative project is being developed by Telford and Wrekin Council in partnership with operators Closer to the Edge Ltd who will deliver a diverse range of outdoor challenge, learning and development activities including teambuilding, corporate events and away days, and residential courses.

Sarah Bird, Business Tourism Manager at Meet Telford & Shropshire, said: “The development of this project is fantastic news for Telford and is part of our long-term strategy to further enhance the region’s thriving destination offer and transform it into one of the leading events capitals in the UK.

As one of the largest urban parks in the UK covering a 170 hectare site and incorporating a 6,000 capacity arena, Telford Town Park offers endless opportunities for fringe events and this new facility will create an even more attractive proposition for those looking for a first-rate visitor experience.  Not only that, but the 6,500m² of outdoor space is directly interlinked with The International Centre, Telford with its 15,000sqm of floor space, 15 rooms, and three connecting halls, offering all the space delegates require in one convenient location.”

The new project will incorporate a high rope course nine metres off the ground and a low rope course three four metres off the ground as well as a 100 metre zip-wire and a powerfan descender, and will offer visitors a unique outdoor experience encompassing a variety of team development programmes and challenges, and is set to officially launch towards the end of September.

Sarah continued: “The commencement of work on the rope course is perfectly timed with the forthcoming launch of our dedicated ‘REACH Out’ campaign, part of our wider ‘Be Inspired’ initiative focused on encouraging the business community to look at Telford and Shropshire with a fresh pair of eyes.  REACH Out is aimed at showcasing the unique teambuilding opportunities our region offers, including everything from sporting challenges in spectacular countryside to the ultimate indulgence at one of our rural retreats, and this latest venture just adds to the diverse experiences available to inspire, reward and entertain!”

Mel Ellis, Company Director of Closer to the Edge, commented: “Telford Town Park provides an ideal location for our high ropes course and we are really excited about delivering our programme of corporate activities to the region’s visitors which promises to offer participants a real sense of thrill and adventure.  As a town that is currently undergoing an extensive investment programme, this latest addition fully complements the existing enhancement work within Telford town centre and we are delighted to be part of this.”

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