Welcome to Capstone Inspections Ltd

We are Europe’s leading Inspection Body and provide independent and impartial certified inspections.

We started out in the early nineties, and during that period we have been involved in building, operating, maintaining and training on ropes courses and adventure parks across the world.

In 2008 Capstone began to specialise in inspecting ropes courses and adventure parks, bringing our wealth of experience to the world of inspections.

Capstone prides itself on offering a personable, yet professional service to all its clients and works with builders and operators to certify that they are operating their site safely.

We offer the following Certified Inspections:

  • Inaugural Inspections
  • Periodical (annual) Inspections
  • Operational Inspections

Capstone’s HQ is based in the south of England, UK where the operations are co-ordinated and managed. Our team of inspectors are based across the UK, and travel widely across Europe and the rest of the world.

Our inspection and operations team is well qualified and experienced within the ropes course and outdoor industry and has a great reputation for delivering a friendly, approachable and professional service.

Introducing Paul Capper

Paul Capper is the founder of Capstone Inspections and the company has been Europe's lead Inaugural Inspection body for over 10 years.

He was one of the UK’s representatives for the CEN Committee in writing EN: 15567 Parts 1 & 2, which is a European standard governing the construction and operation of ropes courses and adventure parks across the UK and Europe. This standard has been adopted not only in Europe but by a number of operators internationally.

Capstone is a Type A Ropes Course Inspection Body.

A Type A inspection body are totally independent of the parties involved in the building, designing, maintenance and operation of the ropes courses and adventure parks they inspect. This means that your inspection will be totally impartial.

Our previous experience in building, operating, training and maintaining ropes courses has been fundamental to the success of our inspection business. We understand what makes for a successful ropes course operation, and use this knowledge to better inform our inspections for our clients.

With all our professional qualifications and experience, we are unrivalled within the industry, and the first choice for your inaugural, periodical and operational inspections.

The EN 15567 (the European Ropes Course Standard) sets out the minimum requirements to be met for the installation of new ropes courses, and the operation of both new and existing ropes courses. It was first published in 2007, with a fully revised and updated standard published in 2015.

Conformity to EN: 15567 is not a legal requirement; in practice however, it is the first point of reference used by enforcement bodies and the courts in the event of an accident. It is therefore significant and its requirements need to be taken seriously.

The standard sets out the minimum for design, manufacture and inspection of ropes courses. It should not be interpreted by an operator as being the optimum standard, but simply a starting point for their course.

Both the EN 15567:2015, and the UK Ropes Course Guide 2015 V4.2 were both written by a group of ropes course experts and are highly valued by leaders in our industry. The UK Ropes Course Guide says a ‘comprehensive inspection regime’ is essential for any ropes course so it is ‘fit for purpose’ and any ‘deterioration of materials and equipment on a used facility is detected before failure occurs’.

The guide adds: ‘With older ropes courses now reaching the end of their serviceable life, and many new courses receiving vast numbers of recreational users, there is an ever increasing requirement for a professional approach to inspection processes.’ The guide says ropes courses at smaller venues also need on-going inspection and maintenance.

Download UK Ropes Course Guide PDF

Due to Capstones leading role within the ropes course industry, we have developed strong working relations with a broad range of operators, builders and equipment providers: