Nestled in Scotland's scenic landscape, a project of remarkable engineering and environmental consideration took root at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)’s Logan Botanic Gardens. Entrusted to the capable hands of M.A.M Contracting, this initiative in 2023 was not just about construction; it was about connecting people to nature in the most inclusive way possible.
Logan Botanic Gardens stands as a beacon of botanical research and conservation. With a legacy spanning centuries, it's more than a garden; it's a living library of plant life, pivotal in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change. A cradle of knowledge and a sanctuary for thousands of plant species, RBGE's mission transcends mere beauty – it's about safeguarding our planet's future.
The vision was clear yet challenging: to construct a raised pathway connecting two key garden paths, bridging a sunken area bustling with shrubbery. The objective? To weave accessibility into the very fabric of the garden, ensuring that every visitor, regardless of mobility, could experience nature's wonders up close.
M.A.M Contracting, with their stellar reputation in civil engineering, particularly in bridge construction, was the natural choice for this delicate task. Their expertise wasn't just in building structures but in understanding the intricate balance between construction and nature.
The project presented a bouquet of challenges. The foremost was the environmental sensitivity of the site. Every shovel of earth, and every mix of concrete had to be handled with utmost care, respecting the garden's delicate ecosystem.
The accessibility features – a non-negotiable aspect of the design – required meticulous planning and execution. The tight deadline, with the project needing completion by March 31, 2023, added to the complexity.
M.A.M Contracting's approach was a blend of innovation and respect for nature. Concrete foundations, crucial for stability, were mixed on-site, given the garden's inaccessibility to pre-mixed concrete deliveries. This required transporting materials manually – a task M.A.M Contracting undertook with precision and care.
The pathway, designed to be over a meter wide and with a gentle gradient, was built to ensure ease of access for all. The surface was treated with non-slip materials, considering Scotland's often damp weather, making it wheelchair-friendly and safe for all visitors.
Throughout the project, M.A.M Contracting remained deeply conscious of their environmental impact. Every action, from material choice to construction methods, was weighed against its carbon footprint. This adherence to sustainable practices aligned perfectly with Logan Botanic Garden and RGBE’s ethos of environmental responsibility.
Despite the logistical and environmental challenges, M.A.M Contracting's dedication and expertise shone through. The raised pathway, completed within the stipulated two-month period, was not just a feat of engineering; it was a statement of harmony between human ingenuity and nature's elegance.
This case study not only showcases M.A.M Contracting's technical expertise but also narrates a story of their enduring impact on the landscape and community. It's an irrefutable affirmation of their capacity to forge paths of progress and excellence, paving the way for future projects where their distinct skills will once again lead to remarkable achievements.
Just back from annual leave and visited Aberdalgie this morning.
Can I say the guys have done a fantastic job!!!, it looks better than I imagined and want you to pass this onto them. Well done guys.
Liam Hynd, Assistant Bereavement Services Officer
Just wanted to email you a ‘fantastic job’ note.
Your guys, headed up by Brian, are so courteous and helpful and run a very tidy site, safe and efficient.
The quality of the job is excellent.
Nick Riley, Landscape Architect
"MAM are a genuine great ground work and civil engineering contractor. Great reputation locally and afar."
"Done a great job in our garden with no trouble."
Your staff were very respectful of the historical site, polite to all staff and members of the public. Left the site in a clean and tidy manner each day.
Paul Winn, PKC Clerk of Works