New project in Cambridge University’s Botanic Gardens helps visitors “understand plant diversity”.

Published:  05 October, 2018

Cambridge University has chosen Accoya® wood to help form its world-famous botanic gardens.

The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is one of the largest university-owned botanic gardens in the world, and one of the projects within it was centred on “Understanding Plant Diversity”.

Following a competition in 2016, architects Chadwick Dyer Clarke was chosen to oversee the project and create a path structure to inspire and intrigue visitors.

It created “The Rising Path”, a galvanised steel structure clad with Accoya® wood balustrades and decking. It is a 65-metre long spiral, with a three-metre high elevated viewpoint, and an interpretation hub designed to inspire visitors to explore the garden’s Systematic Bed’s and offer new ways to explore the science of plant taxonomy.

Robin Dryer, Director of Chadwick Dryer Clarke, said: “During the development of the design we considered various types of wood, and it was Sustainable Building Advisor, Alexander Reeve, from the Cambridge University Estates Department, who first suggested Accoya® wood due to its outstanding environmental qualities.

“It was decided that Accoya® wood would not only provided the necessary durability and sustainability qualities - with its C2C accreditation and 50 year above ground guarantee - but it could be machined to a smooth finish and had a complementary light colour and knot free surface that would enhance the design.”

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