Beijing Botanical Garden Greenhouse Complete Access Solution

Special Handling Solutions

The challenge

Established in 1956, Beijing Botanical Garden is home to plant life from across China, and beyond. As part of ongoing development, a tropical greenhouse was built in 1999 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic Of China.

This structure houses more than 2,000 types of tropical and subtropical plants across four exhibition halls and is comprised primarily of glass. Keeping the structure in superb condition was paramount, and therefore necessitated an access solution that enabled the glass to be cleaned and maintained both internally and externally.

The solution

SCX Special Projects was brought on to design and collaboratively manufacture an innovative access system capable of accommodating the unique architectural features of the glass structure, which incorporates a stunning elliptical domed roof.

In order to perform efficient maintenance and cleaning on the structure with minimal disruption to the aesthetics and operation, these gantries have been designed to curve alongside it so that no panel would be difficult to reach.

Dynamic motion

  • The overall access system comprises 15 travelling gantries and two one-man manual cradles
  • Together, these manoeuvre along the building to enable the cleaning and maintenance of the interior and exterior surfaces of the entire structure
  • The driving system of each gantry is battery powered, eliminating the need to install expensive cable power feed systems


Access all areas

  • The complete access solution also incorporates telescopic and centre rotating (slewing) gantries
  • These are used to negotiate some of the most awkward and inaccessible areas of the structure’s architecture
  • Overall, there are six internal and six external telescopic gantries, operating alongside one internal and two external slewing gantries


The collaborative approach

  • For this project, SCX partnered with Chinese glass construction company, part-manufacturing the system at our facilities in the UK before shipping it to site
  • With SCX fabricating the basic aluminium structure in-house, King Glass were then able to complete the installation to SCX’s exact design specifications
  • The collaboration succeeded in quartering the cost of what would typically be a £1m project to implement


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