Indirock is driven by 3 fundamental aims

Bringing the adventure and enjoyment of bouldering to Southend

Southend revival

Being part of the revival of our town centre

Supporting vulnerable young people from our local area into work

Our journey

We began work on Indirock back in spring 2019, and were about to start building works in spring 2020 when Covid hit… Our timelines have been affected, but the amazing energy of our community in Southend has kept us going.
 
We’re going to open Indirock in two phases. The first phase will consist of a small bouldering wall and our cafe, run by Hugo’s Pantry (see below). Phase 2 will complete the 7500 sq ft facility, providing enough bouldering to keep a small army happy!
 
We’re learning along the way and we’d like you to get involved in designing Indirock as we go. Come and chat to us about what you’d like us to build. We can’t wait to finally unveil the completed Indirock, as designed by you.

Our future plans

Our vision is of a future where Southend has got its soul back. Where the town centre is buzzing with creative spaces, social venues, places where you can relax and call home.
 
We envisage a Southend where young people from any background have access to opportunities to reach their full potential, and people from all walks of life rub shoulders and enjoy the same spaces.
We hope that Indirock will become a social venue as much as a space to exercise. Somewhere you can get out of the house to work for a few hours, grab a great coffee, catch up with friends or meet new people, stretch your limbs climbing and then wind down with a yoga session.
 
And if that’s not enough, by joining the Indirock community your money will be going further. Through work experience placements and an apprenticeship scheme at Indirock we’ll be supporting vulnerable young people from our local area towards a secure future.

Our story so far

Gordon and Emily met while living in London but Emily was longing to move back to the Essex seaside where she’s from. They began their search and fell in love with Southend, but there was one problem…

There were no bouldering walls!

“We started to joke that we could start one up ourselves. One thing led to another and now here we are, actually doing it!”
 
Gordon, Emily, Rachel
“Early on we realised we couldn’t do it all ourselves, so we reached out to Rachel, the founder of local bakery Hugo’s Pantry, to see if she’d like to run our cafe for us. Rachel has been like a best friend and business partner right from the early days.”
 
Hugo’s Pantry is a family run business based in Leigh-on-Sea. Hugo’s believe a sweet tooth should have no boundaries so they cater for vegan, gluten free, soya free and other dietary needs. As everyone deserves a treat!

Hugo’s Pantry will create a place where you can to eat, drink, work and socialise. Also focusing on health, wellbeing and providing employment opportunities to young people.

We’ve got tonnes more exciting collaborations in the pipeline so watch this space. Southend is where it’s at – we’re doing this together!