Challenge4Change Indoor Course



Challenge 4 Change – Indoor Course


Vertigo were tasked with designing and building an indoor activity centre in a disused warehouse in Manchester.  The indoor course had to cater for all ages and abilities as the client was a charity whose target audience is broad.


The design focused on a developmental indoor course with the ability to be used in a commercial capacity should it be required.  The aerial trekking was designed in a circuit to reduce instructor numbers and manage participants safely.  The vertical spaces of the warehouse were fitted with developmental high ropes that consisted of: jacob’s ladder, leap of faith, high all aboard and giant swing.  The remaining ground floor areas were fitted with various assault course elements, creating a diverse, indoor, developmental course.


“Brian Phelps and his Vertigo Construction team in 2008 agreed to build our indoor activity centre in a warehouse on Trafford Park, Manchester. The length of the build was surprisingly quick and very efficient even with the usual snags along the way to include some design and build adaptations mostly through myself changing my mind and having another “brain wave”. In all the time Brian and his team were here they were always approachable, clean, punctual and generally a good set of lads. Needless to say 4 years further along the line and 30,000 people through the gates ALL the build has stood the test of time superbly. The planning, design and build was spot on from the start and still to this day the course looks and performs extremely well.

We looked at several course builders at the time and opted for Brian. He wasn’t the cheapest, nor the most expensive but his positive attitude was the key to him securing the contract.

C4C has evolved further in recent years and when we have new innovative and industry leading ideas Brian has always offered his expert “2 penneth” for good measure, for which I will always be truly grateful. His attitude to new is very refreshing and when the world stops at the first hurdle Brian finds a way to get through no matter how and this is one of the reasons Vertigo is at the top of the tree for course design and building (no pun intended!). 

Chris Whiteley, Project Director C4C