A CHAIN of indoor climbing centres has opened its third and largest one in Acton, creating 20 new jobs.

 Arch Climbing Wall is on the site of the former art deco cinema in the High Street.

Following a 14-month makeover, the listed building now features a competition wall, training area and traverse wall across.

Arch Acton offers introductory lessons, free improver sessions and private coaching for all abilities.

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Up to 20 jobs will be created following its launch this month and the company is still recruiting trained instructors.

Avid climber Fred Stone founded Arch Climbing Wall in February 2008, opening his first wall under the arches of London Bridge. Its success led to two further venues in Bermondsey and Burnt Oak, replacing the original site.

He said: “With climbing being recognised as a sport for the first time in the 2020 Olympics, demand is increasing.”

A £650,000 package from NatWest and Lombard Asset Finance allowed the purchase.