The first images have been released of a proposed £100 million Eden Project in Morecambe designed by Grimshaw
As revealed by the AJ, the practice behind the original 2001 complex in Cornwall was appointed earlier this year to draw up concept plans for the eco-tourist attraction on the site of the Lancashire coastal resort’s former Dome entertainment centre and Bubbles swimming pool.
The scheme, officially known as Eden Project North, has been conceived as ‘a series of pavilions inspired by mussels’, which will house a variety of environments.
The Cornwall-based environmental charity is working on the scheme with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council.
Grimshaw completed its feasibility study for the marine-focused seafront scheme in September and the partners are now seeking funding to take it forward.
It is understood Eden Project North will combine ‘indoor and outdoor experiences’, and include lidos, gardens, performance spaces and observatories.
Eden Project International chief executive David Harland said: ‘We’re incredibly proud to present our vision for Eden Project North and hope that the people of Morecambe and the surrounding area are as excited about it as we are.
‘We aim to reimagine what a seaside destination can offer, with a world-class tourist attraction that is completely in tune with its natural surroundings.’
Jolyon Brewis, partner at Grimshaw, described the scheme as ’transformational’. He added: ’Morecambe Bay is a truly unique location of outstanding natural beauty, which in combination with Eden’s distinctive approach will make this a landmark destination of national and international significance.’
Grimshaw is already designing a new wave of potential centres for the Eden Project in Australia, New Zealand and China.
The expansion plans include three schemes in China, including a £150 million scheme at Qingdao, which would become the first overseas Eden Project to be built and could complete by 2020.
In February this year, the Qingdao proposal received a major boost as a result of Theresa May’s visit to China.
Harland – travelling with the British prime minister on her first official visit to China – signed a deal with Zhao Lintao of China Jinmao Holdings in Beijing setting out the terms of the partnership’s development of Eden Qingdao.
Grimshaw’s Eden Qingdao scheme - early iteration