Extreme sports are coming to the Brighouse skyline – with a high wire installed between two landmark grain silos 100ft in the air.

ROKT Climbing Gym, in Mill Royd Street, has £250,000 plans to put the town on the international map.

In three years business partners Leigh Topping and Euan Noble have created an attraction for serious climbers, thrill seekers and families alike.

Based in the former Sugden’s flour mill, ROKT has now secured a lease for the two derelict grain silos and the former Black Swan pub across the road.

Design director Leigh, 43, said the highlight of what will be called ROKT Extreme Adventure would be a high wire between the towers some 32 metres (105ft) off the ground.

One of the silos will also be clad in special recycled plastic panels to create an exposed climbing wall and a bridge between the two silos will be made transparent so those walking across can enjoy the views – and see what’s way below.

There could also be a forward-facing abseil rope down the side, a freefall rope drop, known as a fan descender, and an ‘urban ape’ ladder climb.

Inside the hexagonal silo will be the UK’s tallest ‘lead climb’ wall at 31.5 metres (103ft), slightly taller than the current biggest in Edinburgh.

The plans are still awaiting planning permission from Calderdale Council but Leigh said: “The vibes from the council have been good.

“This is a very exciting development which will turn us from a national destination to an international one. Can you imagine the view of Brighouse from a high wire? It’ll be a real visual spectacle.”

ROKT has also taken on the Black Swan pub which closed earlier this year. It is currently undergoing a £50,000 refurbishment and will become a “shabby chic” food and real ale pub with slate floors, open fires and exposed woodwork.

A courtyard and canal-side beer garden will give a full view of the silos.

The pub – said to be haunted by three different ghosts – is expected to open for Hallowe’en at the end of October.

Due to be to re-named The Millers Bar it will be run by well-known publican Phil Blackwell, who previously ran the Puzzle Hall in Sowerby Bridge.

Expansion plans for Rokt Climbing Gym, Brighouse - Leigh Topping (left) and Euan Noble, co-directors of Rokt, pictured in front of the former Black Swan with the current Rokt building in the background.
 

Leigh hopes the silos development will open in spring and the expansion is likely to create 25 new jobs. Ten people are currently employed at the gym.

Since we opened in 2011, Brighouse has really embraced us,” said Leigh. “Now we want to embrace the town.”

Thomas Sugden founded the flour mill in 1829. The original building burned down in 1895 and was replaced the following year.

The first silo was built in 1959 and the second in 1963. The mill closed in 1997.