We are Europe’s leading inspection body and provide independent and impartial certified inspections in accordance with EN15567, ISO17020-2012 and the LOLER regulations.
We started out in the early nineties, and during that period we have been involved in building, operating, maintaining, inspecting and training on ropes courses and adventure parks across the world.
In 2008 Capstone became a type A inspection body offering independent and impartial inaugural and annual inspection for ropes courses and adventure parks, bringing our wealth of experience to the world of inspections.
Capstone prides itself on offering a personable and professional service to all its clients, working with builders and operators to certify their ropes course to both EN15567 part 1 and ensuring they are operating their sites to EN15567 part 2.
We offer the following certified Inspections:
Periodical (annual) Inspections
in accordance with EN 15567-1/2 ISO 17020-2012 and LOLER regulations
Capstone’s HQ is based in the south of England, where the operations are co-ordinated and managed. Our team of inspectors are based in the south west, the midlands and the Lake District providing us with the ability to carry out inspections across the UK without you incurring vast travel costs, we also travel widely across Europe and the rest of the world.
Our inspection and operations team are very well qualified and experienced within the ropes course and outdoor industry and we have a great reputation for delivering a friendly, approachable and professional service.
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.
Due to Capstone's leading role within the ropes course industry, we have developed strong working relations with a broad range of operators, builders and equipment providers:
Design, engineer and build net adventures, high ropes courses, and more.
Adventure parks company based in Turkey with a wide range of courses.
Unique, world-class, zipline tour adventures in India and Kenya.
Coastal holiday parks in the UK.
JM Adventure specialise in the design & construction of high & low ropes courses & climbing walls.
Design, operation, management and consulting firm engaged in themed entertainment.
Provide ropes course adventures for families at Windermere and Manchester.
Vertex is Europe's leading instructor training provider for ropes courses & adventure parks.
A unique range of special adventures including ziplines, underground trampolines & high-rope cavern adventures.
Operational inspection & maintenance courses, poles course inspection training and wire course inspection training.
We are now able to offer drone inspections etc. etc.
Some of our international clients' locations.
Paul Capper was a long serving employee of RCD. In addition to considerable experience as a constructor and trainer he was employed by RCD to oversee its inspection and maintenance requirements.
To this end, Paul is pragmatic in his approach, judicious in his judgements and brings with him a wealth of experience that is unsurpassed in his field. RCD recommends his services for all types of ropes course inspections.
Capstone Inspections deliver a professional service, carrying out inaugural inspections post construction of our High Ropes Courses and offering sound, professional advice to ensure we conform to the relevant EN standards.
With regular updates from Capstone Inspections we have been able to keep up to date with regulations and periodically review and improve our designs. We also recommend Capstone carry out the annual inspection to all our clients.
As designer and builder of ropes courses regarding the standard EN 15567-1, -2, we found out that Capstone Inspections are the best party to find for Inaugural and Annual inspections.
Paul Capper is very dedicated to carry out his job, he is very sharp on safety and as we have seen due to his over 20 years of experience he is tremendously skilled to carry out inspections at all kind of ropes courses. I thoroughly would recommend one to hire the knowledge and capability from Capstone Inspections for your ropes course and high events!
Vertex has worked with Capstone for many years and considers them to be the most experienced ropes course and adventure park inspection company in the industry. Paul Capper also undertakes Instructor & Rescuer Training as well as bespoke training on behalf of Vertex and is a highly regarded and excellent trainer.
We worked together with Capstone to create the original Operational Inspection & Maintenance Training Course, designed for your staff to become qualified and competent in the operational inspections required for your course and facility to meet the requirements of EN 15567: 2015. We would have no hesitation in recommending Paul and his team for all your inspection needs.
A ropes course should be both structurally sound and operationally safe. A structurally robust ropes course is not necessarily safe for use - a factor often overlooked by structural engineers. Safety is the number one priority for Zip World. Inspections ensure adventures are fit for purpose in every respect; however, this requires extensive experience on the part of the inspection body. This can only be achieved through many years of relevant experience combined with a high level of competence.
Capstone’s inspectors have many years experience in ropes course construction, maintenance and operation. Capstone plays an important role in all of our inspection processes.
Capstone provides more than just an inspection process, Paul Capper is a source of invaluable industry-specific advice on safe zip-line operations.
If you'd like to get in touch please see all our details on the contact page, you can call us on:
(+44) 07365 673770
HQ Operations Team - Dorset UK
Inspection Team- North Wales, Cumbria, South West UK