Sector - Sports, Culture & Leisure
Plans for Eden Project North revealed
The vision for Eden Project North, a major new attraction in Morecambe, Lancashire, has been revealed.
The Eden Project, the Cornwall-based environmental charity, has presented its vision for a northern twin – revealing new images and details to its northern partners, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council.
Eden and its partners successfully completed a feasibility study in September and are now seeking funding to make the project a reality.
The plan is to develop a destination that combines indoor and outdoor experiences, connecting people with the internationally-significant natural environment of Morecambe Bay while also enhancing well-being. The vision will bring the seaside resort into the 21st century, boasting reimagined lidos, gardens, performance spaces, immersive experiences and observatories.
Eden is working with Grimshaw, the architecture firm who designed its world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, to create this unique structure for Morecambe with a focus on the marine environment.
Located on a prime site on the Morecambe seafront, central to Grimshaw’s vision of Eden North is a series of pavilions inspired by mussels, which could house a variety of environments.
Dave Harland, chief executive of Eden Project International Limited, 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.
“Morecambe is a unique and beautiful location, perfectly situated near the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. It’s so heartening to be working with partners who share our ambitions and aspirations for the town and region.”
Eden Project North will be designed to help the regeneration of the area socially, economically and environmentally. Its southern twin has already contributed £2Bn to the local economy and welcomed more than 20 million visitors since it fully opened in 2001.
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