The Rising Path
Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Gripsure non-slip decking made from Accoya® wood was specified for the Rising Path Project at Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden. The Rising Path is one of the gardens biggest Horticulture projects to date. It aims to revitalise the relevance of the Garden’s Systematic Beds which were first laid out in 1845. The striking structure offers visitors new ways to explore plant taxonomy.
The sixty five metre long spiral structure was designed by Chadwick Dryer Clarke as a gently sloping path stemming off from the gardens existing path network. The path leads visitors to a viewing platform with a three metre vantage point where the full layout of the Garden’s Systematic Beds can be seen occupying nearly three acres.
The structural frame is formed from galvanized steel with the majority of the structure built from Accoya® wood which was selected for its durability, stability and clean aesthetic. To ensure safe access all year round the walkway and stairs needed to be slip-resistant. Over one-thousand-three-hundred linear metres of Gripsure non-slip decking made from Accoya® wood was supplied backed with a ten-year non-slip performance guarantee.
Along the pathway are sections of landing points that highlight significant evolutionary innovations of plants that allowed them to leave the water for life on land. At these points, custom typographic Gripsure non-slip decking boards were supplied. The boards needed to provide a visual contrast to the main decking as well as display information for visitors. The graphic design of the boards was developed by the project architects Chadwick Dryer Clarke and Designmap who's design was inspired by the work of the artist Gordon Young.
A representative from Chadwick Dryer Clarke said “Gripsure’s approach was positive and collaborative, with a real interest in supporting the design team and project. A number of prototypes were developed that refined the depth, size and edge clarity of lettering, and the successful result has a crispness and quality that exceeds the design aspirations.”
The Rising Path is a well-crafted and elegant structure which enhances the experience of the Systematic Beds which are of global heritage significance. It has been greatly enjoyed by visitors since its opening and has had great positive feedback.
Photo credit to Richard Chivers & Smith and Wallworks.