One of Scotland’s most iconic industrial structures is to become the second official venue in the country- for bungee jumping! (http://www.titanclydebank.com/)
The A-Listed Titan Crane on the River Clyde (http://www.clydewaterfront.com/visiting-the-waterfront/river-clyde-glasgow) helped launch some of the most famous ships in the world in its heyday.
Now it is getting ready to launch thrill-seekers from its famous cantilever in an innovative partnership which could net millions for the local economy.
Negotiations have been on-going between Titan Crane Clydebank and award-winning Perthshire adventure company, Highland Fling Bungee, since the turn of the year. (http://bungeejumpscotland.co.uk/bungee/)
The deal was signed this week and the first bungee jumpers will plummet 150ft towards the Clyde in a soft launch in late May before the official opening in June 2012.
Bungee jumpers at the Titan site will hurl themselves from a movable scaffold platform fixed to the end of the cantilever.
Operators Highland Fling Bungee believe the development will reinforce Scotland’s reputation as an adventure sport haven, luring international visitors.
“This is really going to bring people here to the west of Scotland,” said Highland Fling Bungee Managing Director, Murray Trail.
“It is not just people in Clydebank, Glasgow or the west of Scotland; it opens up bungee jumping to huge areas of the population in England, not to mention international visitors as well.”
Director John Mason-Strang added: “It is an iconic site with a tremendous history and the restoration work that has been done here is amazing. The potential is huge and this will only help raise the profile. This project is also an example of partners using joined-up thinking to bring new life to what is a fantastic heritage site.”
Highland Fling Bungee created a benchmark in 2011 when it opened Britain’s first permanent bungee jump site at Killiecrankie, Perthshire, with partners National Trust for Scotland.
Since then, 5500 extreme sport enthusiasts from five continents have taken the plunge, with a £7.5 million spin-off expected for Perthshire’s coffers by May 2013.
In the initial few months of the Titan Crane project, jumps will take place on the first weekend of every month but will be gradually increase through the season.
As well as jumping, participants and their friends will be able to visit the exhibits at the crane summit or use the ground floor café and visitor centre.
Titan Crane Clydebank Operations Manager Claire McGinley says it is win-win for all parties and an exciting adventure for Clydebank.
“It puts Clydebank on the UK map for bungee jumping, an increasingly popular extreme sport.
“It is also great way to showcase what we do here in promoting the town’s great shipbuilding heritage and the people of Clydebank want to see more activity like this on the riverside.
“This will bring people from all walks of life and the view the jumpers will get from the top will be amazing.
“They will see over to Glasgow Airport and the city centre on one side and way off to Dumbarton on the other. It is fantastic for Clydebank, the Greater Glasgow area and for Scotland.”