As part of our strong ongoing relationship with Cambridge University, Millcam were proud to build the Rising Path in the University’s Botanic Garden. The innovative structure, designed by Chadwick Dryer Clark Studio, gradually winds its way up to a 3m high viewing platform, and is a key part of the Garden’s ongoing project to help greater understanding of plants, how they are related, and why this is so important to science.

The 65m long elliptical shaped structure of galvanised steel was modelled and constructed off-site using the latest 3D technology. This pre-construction attention to detail by Millcam meant that the path was elegantly put together around the existing landscape to enhance the visitor experience. The Accoya® wood balustrades and decking were cut to measure with special contract edges and underfoot feature custom-made footprint areas that tell the story of plant taxonomy.

Unter the path an interpretation hub set on resin-bonded permeable paving inspires visitors to explore the systematic beds. After final landscaping the rising path was opened to the public in September showcasing Millcams excellent construction ability and exceptional attention to detail.

All Photos by Richard Chivers

Galvanisers Association Architecture Award Winner 2019

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Chadwick Dryer Clarke



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