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Yorkshire high ropes business scales new heights with additional sites

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Aerial Extreme, which was one of the first businesses in the UK to recognise the potential of high ropes adventure courses, has celebrated a successful year, increasing its number of sites by a third in 2010 with the help of our property team.

Aerial Extreme, which was one of the first businesses in the UK to recognise the potential of high ropes adventure courses, has celebrated a successful year, increasing its number of sites by a third in 2010 with the help of our property team. 

Based in Bedale, North Yorkshire, the company opened its first 250 acre course at the Camphill Estate near its hometown back in 2003 before seeking more sites further afield.  Working closely with the property team Clarion for the last five years, it was subsequently able to secure further sites starting with the UK’s first urban high wire adventure course in Milton Keynes in 2006, a tree-based course at the Trentham Estate, Stoke-on-Trent, the same year, plus a site at Knowsley Safari Park three years ago.  

Last year saw its most significant expansion to date with the opening of two major city-based sites, one at iceSheffield arena and the other at the Trafford Centre, representing a total investment of £500,000.  Each course features 30 obstacles set at varying heights above the ground including rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams. 

Aerial Extreme’s managing director, Sinan Osman said: “We have built a strong brand which is synonymous with safety, adventure and fun for children and adults alike.  One of our major challenges has been to secure suitable new sites whether in urban or country locations, which are easily accessible for our customers.

“We have worked closely with the Clarion team who have proved invaluable in using their experience to help us overcome some of the difficulties we have faced in securing the right sites.”

Alison Batty, senior associate at Clarion, comments: “All of the leases for the high ropes sites have had similar issues including negotiating turnover rents and rent free periods during construction to provide the best possible deal for our client.  We have also been required to liaise with relevant councils, often as head landlord, as well as other bodies such as Sports England in the case of the Sheffield site.

“It has been very satisfying to develop our services to Aerial Extreme as the company has grown over the last five years.”

Clarion’s property team offers a full range of services from developer, investment, asset management, corporate occupier work through to secured lending.

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