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Grimshaw reveals new Eden Project extension - image

Grimshaw has released this image of a proposed new extension to its award-winning and hugely popular Eden Project in Cornwall.

The £67 million development, dubbed The Edge, is to be submitted for Big Lottery Funding next month and will house a new exhibit focusing on the challenges of global warming.

Unlike the original bubble-like scheme, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2001, the new building will have an undulating roof - although it will still be built from sustainable materials and include 'indoor' wind turbines.

The existing semi-spherical 'biome conservatories' currently pull in almost 1.2 million visitors every year, and it is hoped the new scheme will maintain the Eden Project's place in the top ten paid-for attractions in England.

Eden's Edge project will face heated competition in the race to land the lottery cash, including a bid from Ken Shuttleworth's Make to design a new visitor centre in Sherwood Forest (Make branches out with Sherwood Forest competition win).

by Richard Waite

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