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Tate Harmer gets the OK for Eden Project hotel

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Plans by Tate Harmer for an £8.5 million hotel at the Eden Project in Cornwall have been approved by Cornwall Council 

The 4,571m²  hotel will be built using local materials, including stone cladding and timber poles, and comprise two neighbouring three and four-storey buildings.

Plans include 109 bedrooms, a restaurant and two classrooms, which will support the Eden Project’s educational programmes.

Jerry Tate, partner at Tate Harmer, said: ‘This building is a unique response to its local Cornish context and the philosophy of the Eden Project. Landscape is at the heart of the scheme.

‘The client was very clear that the project needed to work within the standard commercial constraints of a mid-range hotel, while at the same time reflecting the unique ethos of the Eden Project. 

‘For example, all rooms will be naturally ventilated and cooled, and there will be a ground-floor “living room” with a welcoming open fire for visitors, all deliberately low-tech, low-energy solutions.’

Work is set to start on site in late 2017, with completion scheduled for 2018.

Tate Harmer has collaborated with the Eden Project since 2011 on a number of projects, including a canopy walkway, the second phase of which completed last month

Architect’s view

Using locally sourced materials, the hotel will sit sensitively within the Cornish countryside and offer high standards of accessibility, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Massing has been carefully considered to minimise visual impact but optimise space for visitors. The Eden hotel will be split across three and four-storey blocks, connected by a central axis that will feature existing sycamore and oak trees and Cornish hedgerows, and create a new public area and event space.

Circulation is arranged to maximise views and create a feeling of connectivity to nature for visitors and users.

Local stone cladding will be used at the lower level of the buildings, and locally sourced timber poles are designed to set the main accommodation blocks into the surrounding landscape. 

Project data

Location The Eden Project
Type of project Hotel
Client The Eden Project
Architect Tate Harmer
Landscape architect Greysmith Associates
Structural engineer Airey and Coles
M&E consultant Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor Rider Levett Bucknall
Ecologist Des Hobson
Interior Designer Devon Interiors
Start on site date Late 2017
Completion date 2018
Gross internal floor area 4,571m²
Total cost £8.5 million

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