Interest in high wire

Sara and Rob Ansell outside site of planned Kaos adventure centre, Lytham.

Sara and Rob Ansell outside site of planned Kaos adventure centre, Lytham.

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THE prospect of a unique high wire centre opening in Lytham has quickly captured the imagination of adventure fans of all ages.

Kaos, set to open in Preston Road within the next few weeks, will be the first indoor centre of its kind in the UK.

The Lytham couple behind it, Rob and Sarah Ansell, have ploughed their life savings into the venture and are already hoping they will be able to franchise the project in other parts of the country.

As work continues apace on the former warehouse building they are currently converting into the 5,000 sq ft attraction, Rob and Sarah have been delighted to hear from many potential clients eager to know more and declare their interest.

“We knew from personal experience that there was a gap for this kind of indoor adventure centre and the response we have had so far has been very encouraging,” said Rob.

“We have set out to make sure the high wire course will be available for use by anyone aged from six upwards and, as well as families, we are keen to attract school groups during the week.

“We have already heard from people who are looking to hold birthday parties with is, while there has been a lot of interest from the corporate market, looking for the ideal venue for team-building exercises.

“That is something we are very keen to get involved in and we are in the process of speaking to companies and hotels about what facilities we plan to have available.

“As a unique centre, we are hoping to attract customers from a wide area and we fully intend to be operating seven days a week throughout the year.”

The Ansells hope Kaos will be open either late next month or early September and all the equipment intended for it has been developed by the couple themselves. Ten staff have already been appointed and more jobs could follow.

The couple launched the project after Rob was made redundant as a chartered surveyor.

They are staying tight-lipped on how much Kaos will cost but, while they have received help and advice on funding, stress that all the money spent on the project has been their own.