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Opening its doors back in 1991, The Foundry has been at the heart of the Sheffield and UK climbing scenes ever since. Almost two decades on, the centre continues to provide a world class environment for climbers, whether you're new to the sport or about to tick your first Font 8b!

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Hope to see you soon! - Neil Bentley (Centre Manager)

Thursday, 25 June 2009

2007 Flood

It's now 2 years since staff members waded home through a flooded car park. For those who really can't remember that far back, 25th June 2007 was when Sheffield hit the national headlines with symbolic images of the tempory traffic lights on the Wicker being knocked over by flood waters.

Photo by Tom Briggs
Looking back into the
carpark from the road as we abandoned ship, the
fence in the rear conceals the building work were the flats now stand.

Immediatly behind the Furnace climbing wall is the River Don and at that time there was nothing to stop flood water from pouring into our courtyard.

Photo by Neil Bentley
Judging from the tide mark left by silt, flood water
reached around waist height in the carpark.

Compared to many local businesses, The Foundry escaped relatively lightly and thanks to an amazing effort by staff and volunteer climbers was only closed for 48 hours.

Photo by Ben Carpenter
Every rubber floor tile and all the foam mats had to be moved and
the old carpet torn out from underneath, so the floor could dry.