Huge climbing boulder installed at Pound’s Park

A purpose-built climbing boulder was installed today at Pound’s Park – the new city centre public space under construction as part of Heart of the City.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal from Sheffield City Council (left) and Tony Shaw from Henry Boot Construction (right)

The large rock, designed and made by specialist firm Rockworks, weighs six tonnes and stands at an impressive three-metres tall and eight-metres wide. Construction of the boulder involved creating a hand carved polystyrene core, which was then sprayed to give the sculpture a finish reminiscent of a Peak District rockface.

The boulder is designed to include multiple natural-looking hand and foot holds and be suitable for all abilities, to encourage any would-be climbers to have a go at one of the region’s most popular outdoor activities.

“I’m delighted to see the climbing boulder successfully installed in Pound’s Park. Heart of the City is taking the creation of new public spaces to a whole new level. We are looking to build on our reputation as The Outdoor City, promote physical and mental wellbeing, and celebrate what makes us special as a place. The climbing boulder certainly does this – celebrating Sheffield’s climbing prestige and close connection to the stunning Peak District countryside.”
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Co-Chair Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, Sheffield City Council

South Yorkshire based contractor, Henry Boot Construction, are constructing Pound’s Park and were therefore tasked with the unique installation of the boulder, which involved the construction of a large reinforced concrete foundation allowing the boulder to be constructed in-situ.

Tony Shaw, Managing Director at Henry Boot Construction, said:

“We were excited to have the chance to be involved in such an interesting installation. It’s not every day that the team gets to work with a giant boulder. Pound’s Park will be a brilliant new public space for Sheffield and, as a local business, it’s a privilege to be involved in the project.”

Pound’s Park, named after Sheffield’s first Chief Fire Officer Superintendent John Charles Pound, will be located on the former fire station site between Rockingham Street, Wellington Street, and Carver Street.

Seen as a key piece of the Council’s Heart of the City programme, Pound’s Park is being funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority through the Government’s Getting Building Fund. It will provide an expansive, safe and accessible space that adds distinctive character and an element of escapism to the city’s busy urban environment. By prioritising active play and relaxation, all within a visually attractive green setting, the park aims to bring The Outdoor City ethos right into the heart of the city centre.

The park is expected to be completed towards the end of 2022.