Truro-based construction consultancy Ward Williams Associates (WWA) is to play a key role in the building of a new rainforest canopy walkway at the Eden Project.
The 180-metre long walkway will enable visitors to explore the canopy of the Rainforest Biome at the family attraction. It will also feature educational pods along the path, which detail the marvels of nature that can be viewed from the elevation.
However, the canopy walkway, which will be some 15 metres up at its highest point, poses some unusual challenges for project manager Jonathan Sharp.
“The Rainforest Biome offers a unique construction challenge,” he explained. “All the work will be carried out at night and all materials will be brought in by hand rather than crane. The heat and humidity create difficult ground conditions and a highly corrosive environment, so we will be using sustainable materials with a long life cycle.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall recently marked the start of the project by driving a specially inscribed bamboo stake into the ground at the start of the path, which reads: ‘Eden Project Rainforest Walkway – The journey begins. The future of the Rainforest is our future too. Marked by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.’
It is planned that work on the 12-month project will start in the New Year.