Eden Project North
Grimshaws is the architect on Eden Project North

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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Sounds great. Good luck to all concerned.

By Eric

Let’s get it right,the cost has gone up to £101 million!!

By Susan

Good luck. What a boon for Morecambe and the surrounding area.

By Anonymous

Be great for Morecambe.

By Mary Candler

Most of these visitors will come by car causing yet more congestion. This is not environmental.

By Matt

Whilst I support the idea in principle, the outdoor arena part will totally block the panoramic view of Morecambe bay as seen from the Midland Rotunda. The designers need to think harder about the impact of their development on the existing successful neighbouring busineses. Why is a new outdoor auditorium needed anyway when they could integrate partnership working with the Winter Gardens to great benefit of both parties.

By Guy

Encourage visitors to park and ride from junction 34 and more trains into Morecambe.

By Linda

More car/coach journeys – does no one ever think of the environmental impact? Add to this the expected 1000000 visitors a year travelling to the new RHS garden near Salford. Time for central government to start enforcing provision of improved public transport for this type of scheme.

By Philip Turtle

I think the “Eden Project North” plans for an £85m attraction at Morecambe Bay is a great idea. Hopefully this Eden Project North will go a head and deliver.

It’s great for job growth and it could benefit many people around that area in Morecambe. A brighter future for people living in that area.

By Andrea

Morecambe is a very difficult place to regenerate and I think this scheme is absolutely wonderful and really shows how when the chips are down never give up hope that something can be turned around.

There’s a great little anecdote told by the Eden North leadership at the Eco-I 2019 conference at Lancaster University back in September about when they visited Morecambe on a site visit during the early days and took inspiration from some graffiti on a wall: “Don’t be a loser…think big”.

By North by North-West

I do think Morecambe will be in for some heavy investment in the next decade, been saying for a while that buying some property around there maybe a good investment…..

By PS

Good luck Morecambe. This was the resort that once had Sadlers Wells seasons. Ruined by buy to let landlords with no respect for the place.

By Elephant