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14 | Aycliffe Today Business Bringing Aycliffe Business Park Together | 15 Former Presswork Metals tool room transformed into modern events venue An old industrial tool room which was once part of a World War II munitions factory has been transformed into a modern events venue. ROF 59 activity centre has spent more than £20,000 creating a new party room at its premises on Aycliffe Business Park. In recent years the building was home to Presswork Metals which manufactured parts for the automotive industry until it closed in 2004. But in the 1940s it was part of the huge Royal Ordnance Factory site in Newton Aycliffe which produced bombs and bullets for the war effort. Now bosses at the new ROF 59 complex – which opened last summer and includes a trampoline park, climbing walls and restaurant – have completed the conversion of an old tool room into a multi-functional ROF 59 business development manager Kim Fryer outside the venue’s new party room. venue for parties and events. And pensioner Vera Stobbs, an original ‘Aycliffe Angel’ who worked at the munitions factory during the war, was one of the first to sample the new party room when she celebrated her granddaughter’s 40th birthday there. “I think it’s just wonderful!” said the 91-year-old. “It’s amazing to see what was part of the old munitions factory now being used as a place to celebrate happy times – it’s unrecognisable compared to the place I used to call work more than 70 years ago.” Business development manager Kim Fryer, who has previously held similar roles at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, now has ambitious plans to host a range of functions at the new site including weddings, Former Aycliffe Angel Vera Stobbs celebrates her granddaughter Emma Fielding’s 40th birthday at ROF 59. birthday parties and charity nights. “The possibilities are literally endless,” says Kim, who’s originally from Birmingham and has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. For all ROF 59 enquiries call 01325 728222 or email hello@rof59.co.uk ROF 59 is a new, multi-purpose activity centre – built on one of the former Royal Ordnance Factory sites on Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe. Custom-built for the war effort in the early 1940s, ROF 59 was used by the Aycliffe Angels, who built bombs and bullets for the boys in the battlefield. After an extensive redevelopment, which has preserved much of the original brickwork and history, ROF 59 is now a 21st Century entertainment venue for all the family. Bounce at ROF59 is home to more than 75 trampolines, including a dodgeball court and three slam dunk basketball hoops, plus jumps bags! Bounce costs just £10.50, which includes socks – check out www.rof59.co.uk for times. PA RT Y BOO KIN GS FI ND US Climb at ROF59 can be enjoyed by most. If you fit a harness you can enjoy the challenges of the 14 Adventure Walls – no experience is needed Adventure Climb at ROF 59 costs £7.50. See www.rof59.co.uk for more details. And, relax...After you’ve tried climbing or bouncing at ROF 59, visitors can relax in The Blitz restaurant or The Bunker bar/lounge – with great food and a variety of drinks to choose from! We accommodate school groups, private parties, corporate events and team-building days. Get in touch with us today to find out more. ROF 59 Durham Way South Aycliffe Business Park Newton Aycliffe Co. Durham DL5 6XN t. 01325 728222 e. hello@rof59.co.uk www.rof59.co.uk The ROF 59 team (left to right): Valerie, Gary, Julie and Gary Finley with their Newcomer of the Year award. Award-winning family venue ROF 59 wants to bring 180-metre zip line to Newton Aycliffe An award-winning family entertainment venue is set to bring a range of exciting new outdoor activities to its Newton Aycliffe site including a 180-metre zip line and 38-metre high bungee tower. ROF 59 activity centre has applied to Durham County Council for permission to install the new facility at the rear of its existing building on Aycliffe Business Park. The proposed new development will include a 38-metre tall bungee tower, which will be connected to another tower by two zip lines which will enable thrill-seekers to glide 180 metres across a stretch of land between Cumbie Way and Beaumont Way on to landing zones. The venture, yet to be discussed by Durham County councillors, could create up to 12 new jobs and would open in the summer if approved. As well as the zip lines and bungee tower, ROF 59 also hopes to include an outdoor army-style assault course and “tough mudder” type exercise area as part of the new development. ROF 59, which was named Newcomer of the Year at Aycliffe Business Park’s Make Your Mark awards in February, has already seen footfall double in recent months. And local businessman John Finley says the latest addition to ROF 59 will be another first for Newton Aycliffe. He said: “We’ve always wanted to bring unique attractions to Aycliffe, so we’ve been mindful and respectful to other venues in the area, to not just copy what other people do. “When we first had the idea of a trampoline park, the nearest type of thing to us that I knew of were in Castleford and Edinburgh. I knew they were going to be a big thing and, sure enough, we’re now seeing them crop up in various areas of the region. “It was a first for Newton Aycliffe and we’ve seen footfall at ROF 59 gradually increase over the last few months, and it has now doubled. “We want to bring a truly unique, all-round family experience to the people of Aycliffe and surrounding areas. The bounce, climb and relax elements of ROF 59 already do that, but these new attractions will bring something completely different. “ROF 59 winning Newcomer of the Year at the Make Your Mark business awards was testament to a lot of hard work by our great team, and shows that the venture has really captured the imagination of local people.” ROF 59 underwent a £1.1m redevelopment in 2015, rejuvenating the old Presswork Metals building and former World War II munitions factory into a 21st Century entertainment and leisure venue. The 70,000 sq ft centre, which created 30 new jobs when it opened last August, now includes the Blitz restaurant as well as the Bunker bar/lounge, a huge park of