Rope Course Construction specialises in the design and construction of adventure and training installations for commercial, government and military clients across the world. A member of the Tumblehome & Prussik group, Rope Course Construction was founded by Vid Blakeney, one of the most experienced course designers and builders in the country.
Vid’s background includes completing a contract with the Spanish Foreign Legion, three years as a full time fire-fighter, an apprenticeship in welding, several years in the construction and engineering industries. He has spent 12 years working in outdoor pursuits. He is a qualified canoe coach, climbing instructor and mountain leader. He has instructed on many high ropes courses and has been involved in training hundreds of staff in their use. He has also worked as a resources Manager for several of the major UK outdoor providers buying ropes courses from many of the other UK suppliers. For the last eight years he has been the Development Manager for Rope Course Construction which has involved him in the construction of dozens of Ropes Courses and Adventure Constructions and he has inspected hundreds of installations. He is a ERCA Approved High Ropes Instructor and ERCA Type C inspector and qualified PPE inspector.
Paul is one of only two European Ropes Course Association Type A Inspectors in the world. In brief, ERCA uses a tiered system of inspectors which is designed to create impartiality. Type Cs can inspect, maintain and build Ropes Courses, Type Bs can inspect and maintain and Type As can only inspect – and must be used for the EN 15567 inaugural inspection required on all new builds since August 2009. Paul started out helping to build courses when the rope course industry was in its infancy and has been on, around and associated with ropes courses ever since.
Bruce does all our arboreal inspections and makes all the necessary calculations to ensure that any trees that we might use are up to the task. We use his services because Bruce is a registered Consultant and a Fellow of the Arboricultural Association and a Professional Member and Chartered Arboriculturalist with the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
His qualifications include the Technical Certificate in Arboriculture (1996) and the Professional Diploma in Arboriculture (1997) and he achieved the advanced level of technical competence of a VTA Practitioner with Elite Training, awarded by Claus Mattheck. He has undergone full training and is a licence holder of the Association of Mortgage Users and Insurance Group Subsidence Risk Assessment module, now regulated by CAS (Consulting Arborist Society). Formerly National Chairman of the Arboricultural Association during 2002-2003 and prior to that Chairman of the Association’s Professional Committee. Also an Assessor for the Association’s Approved Contractor scheme and also served as the industry’s representative on the AFAG panel responsible for the production of industry best practice guides. He is qualified to undertake thorough examinations of equipment under the LOLER regulations.
Steve Warnock – Civil Engineer
Steve Warnock, from the Basingstoke offices of Aecom, the global engineering group, does all the loading calculations for our designs of Adventure Constructions, ensuring that they conform to construction/engineering industry standards – that is when he is not paddling high grade rivers in the Himalayas!
Dave Clare – Testing Services
Provide the testing services for our high ropes construction equipment, ensuring compliance to ALL the relevant standards. Dave has worked all over the world in the ‘lifting business’ and has an unparalleled experience in this field. Dave and his team take enormous pleasure in comprehensively destroying everything we give them to test.
Peter Stacey – Technical Advisor
Pete is a self employed Mountaineering Instructor and outdoor trainer/consultant, working with a wide range of clients including higher education and school groups (both primary and secondary pupils), adult groups, NGB Award courses. He is a technical safety adviser to a number of businesses and local authorities for staff training and development, Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition work, a rope rescue trainer/assessor for GoApe! and staff trainer to a number of other organisations including activity centres, ropes courses and climbing walls. He is the Lead Inspector for BAPA, and inspects for Adventure Activity Associates on applications for the LOtC & Adventuremark schemes. He is also a part-time inspector for AALS and is one of the national Technical Adviser Team for NICAS.
We are members of the European Ropes Course Association.
Commercial Insurance Services Ltd
Supplies us with our product, public and employee liability insurance policies.