Cambridge University Botantical Gardens

Cambridge University Botanical Gardens

Location:    Cambridge University Botanical Gardens, Cambridge

Wood Supplier:     Accsys Technologies 

Architects:     Chadwick Dryer Clark 

Wood Species:     Western Red Cedar, European Redwood (Pine)

Accoya is produced by TTF Member Accsys Technologies at its plant in Arnhem, Netherlands. Accoya is one of the few timber-based materials to have achieved Cradle to Cradle (C2C) lifecycle certification: it can be safely recycled at the end of its extended life.

 

The timber used to make Accoya comes from sustainable, renewable forests across Europe, certified under the FSC® and PEFC™ systems.

 

As a TTF Responsible Purchaser, Accsys Technologies undertakes strict due diligence on its timber supplies, and this is audited annually.

Project Information

Location:    Cambridge University Botanical Gardens, Cambridge

Wood Supplier:     Accsys Technologies 

Architects:     Chadwick Dryer Clark 

Wood Species:     Western Red Cedar, European Redwood (Pine)

TTF Member

Accoya is produced by TTF Member Accsys Technologies at its plant in Arnhem, Netherlands. Accoya is one of the few timber-based materials to have achieved Cradle to Cradle (C2C) lifecycle certification: it can be safely recycled at the end of its extended life.

 

The timber used to make Accoya comes from sustainable, renewable forests across Europe, certified under the FSC® and PEFC™ systems.

 

As a TTF Responsible Purchaser, Accsys Technologies undertakes strict due diligence on its timber supplies, and this is audited annually.

Location

Accoya rises above systematic order

Charles Darwin’s tutor at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens inspired him to make his famous voyage on The Beagle, studying natural selection and the origins of species. The Gardens, open to the public, feature one of the most comprehensive systematic plant order beds in Britain.

 

Architects Chadwick Dryer Clarke were commissioned to design a ‘Rising Path‘: a walkway from which the public can get a better view over the systematic beds, and thus a better understanding of plant species and development. Accoya® modified wood was chosen for the decking and balusdtrading, for its extended service life its Cradle to Cradle™ (C2C™) life cycle certification, and its non-toxic nature.

 

The Accoya decking was augmented by GripSure’s anti-slip decking inserts, which also formed information graphics which became part of the installation. Beneath the walkway, Accoya was also used to form a structure for displaying plant information.

 

Accsys Technologies’ acetylation process is non-toxic, allowing Accoya wood to contribute to the increasing movement towards healthy buildings. The expansion and contraction of wood often leads to rot and decay. Acetylation uses the wood’s natural chemistry plus acetyl (vinegar) to modify wood cell structure, reducing expansion and contraction. Accoya is stronger and more durable than many timber species, without the need for additional external timber treatments. Accoya is guaranteed for 50 years used above ground and for 25 years in ground contact.

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