Consultation on £85m Eden Project North begins

Eden Project North has launched a series of public consultation events today into its plans for an £85m attraction at Morecambe Bay, as it targets a planning application submission in 2020.

Like the Eden Project in Cornwall, Eden Project North would be built in a series of zones aimed at creating an immersive visitor experience.

These zones would be housed in the mussel shell-shaped domes revealed in pictures of the Grimshaw-designed Eden Project North, linked together with an entrance area known as the Bay Hall.

The Above the Bay area will be filled with plants and art exhibits, showcasing natural abundance and rhythms of life linked to the sun.

Below the Bay will be a series of theatrical experiences based around lunar rhythms and tides.

The Natural Sanctuary will focus on health-giving aspects of the seaside with bookable wellbeing treatments, while the Natural Observatory will be the home of Eden Project North’s research and education programmes.

Eden also plans to create satellite elements on the promenade which runs along Morecambe’s seafront as well as on the sands of the Bay itself.

David Harland, chief executive of Eden Project International, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received so far from the Morecambe community and we’re really looking forward to meeting people and hearing about their hopes and ideas for Eden Project North in a more formal setting.

“This is an early stage engagement and there is still plenty of work to do on developing ideas for the project, so the conversations we have at these events will help influence what Eden Project North will become.”

Eden estimates that Eden Project North will attract around 760,000 visitors per year, but will be designed to accommodate up to a million, with a daily capacity of 4,000 people. The plan is for tickets to be issued for specific times to ensure a smooth flow of visitors through the project.

Eden Project North would have a 4,000-capacity outdoor arena designed for live music and entertainment.

Eden Project International is working with Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council to deliver Eden Project North. Each of these has contributed £250,000 towards the cost of designing and planning. This is in addition to £100,000 pledged by the Government.

The consultation events are as follows:

  • Friday October 18, midday to 7pm and Saturday October 19, midday to 8pm – Winter Gardens, 209 Marine Rd Central, LA4 4BU
  • Monday October 21, midday to 8pm – Stanley’s Community Centre, 79–83 Stanley Road, LA3 1UT
  • Tuesday October 22, midday to 8pm – Bare Village Club, 20 Bare Lane, LA4 6DF

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