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Grimshaw to take Eden Project to China

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Grimshaw Architects is to carry out feasibility work on a proposal to create a new £100 million version of Cornwall’s Eden Project in China, it has announced

Project bosses signed a contract with a Chinese developer, investor and a local development administration body to develop the tourism and education project on a derelict salt production and prawn breeding site at the confluence of two rivers in Qingdao.

Executive vice chairman and co-founder of the Eden Project, Tim Smit said the agreement marks the start of the biggest development for the attraction since the Stirling Prize-shortlisted scheme opened in a former clay pit in Cornwall in 2001.

He said: ‘We have been approached many times before to create Eden projects, but have always declined as we did not wish to copy Eden in Cornwall.

‘This opportunity is exciting because our partners share our view that we should build a project that builds on 4,000 years of Chinese relations with the environment and Eden’s fresh approach to education.’

Smit compared the development to the scale, creativity and recognition factor possessed by Sydney Opera House.

‘The location for China Eden is a stunning one with stupendous views of the whole city. This project fits perfectly with Eden’s key transformation and regeneration themes and brings life to a currently sterile and derelict site.’

The Eden Project will work on the Chinese project with BRE, the Buildings and Research Establishment, and Grimshaw Architects , which has a memorandum of understanding to undertake work for it and which designed the original Eden Project.

The four signatories of the China Qingdao Eden Project Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony are Eden Project Ltd, China Jinmao Holdings Limited, Qingdao High-tech Industrial Development Zone Administrative and Qingdao City Construction Investment (Group) Co. Ltd.
The contract was signed at the British ambassador’s residence in Beijing over the weekend in the presence of UK business secretary Sajid Javid

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