Duo’s adventure expansion plans

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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A HAIR-raising adventure business is setting its sights on expansion – and it hasn’t even opened its first centre yet.

Husband and wife team Sarah and Rob Ansell have ploughed their life savings into the unique Kaos centre, currently being built in Preston Road, Lytham.

And while they wait for the purpose-built climbing equipment to be installed, the duo are forging ahead with plans for more centres across the country.

The duo have been given the confidence to plough ahead with their expansion plans following an explosion of interest in the groundbreaking venue.

Mrs Ansell, said: “The first pieces of the equipment we designed start to arrive next week. It has been a massive planning exercise, from writing a business plan two years ago to the engineering side and where we are today.

“There’s been times when the family has been at home and I’ve been sat in here working out load-bearing calculations until late.

“Now it’s all coming together.

“Once it’s open we are looking to open more centres very quickly and we are looking into the franchise model as well.

“We wanted to open the first one here for our children’s benefit.”

The adventure centre features 18 different high rope activities designed for everyone from children as young as six through to pensioners to take part.

Currently going through a patent system, the equipment has been designed with safety first, and can be altered to make certain challenges more – or less – tricky.

Mrs Ansell added: “We want grandparents to be able to go on with their grandchildren, and be able to miss out an activity if they don’t fancy it – there’s no other course like this.

“Most involve clipping yourself on and off all the way around but once you are clipped in on Kaos, you stay clipped in all the way around.”

The couple even worked with a climbing harness manufacturer to design a totally new harness for the equipment and will have the equipment reviewed by the European Ropes Course Association once installed.

That will make it one of only two centres in the whole of Europe to have such accreditation.

The centre has employed 10 staff to start with and hopes are high that number will increase significantly with the roll-out of new centres.

Kaos is due to open on September 7.