The Eden Project North is set to start work on a planning application for its Morecambe Bay vision after four local partners agreed to provide a £1m funding pot.
Lancaster City Council is one of four groups along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster University, and Lancashire County Council which are each set to provide £250,000 towards developing plans for the scheme, which will be built on the former Dome entertainment centre and Bubbles swimming pool in Morecambe.
The £1m pot will build on the £100,000 already secured from the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, with a feasibility study having completed in September.
This next wave of funding will allow the Eden Project to build a business case for the scheme and develop the designs further, which were first showcased last month.
The money will also help the project’s design team draw up an outline planning application for the project, along with a communications strategy and developing the scheme’s visitor experience brief and content.
The proposal will create an £88m investment in the Morecambe Bay area along with the creation of 500 jobs and 8,000 visitors a day.
Grimshaw is attached as architect, having also designed the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes at the Eden Project’s site in Cornwall.
Lancashire City Council is set to endorse its £250,000 contribution to the pot at a meeting tonight, and Lancashire LEP will discuss its portion of the funding at a meeting in February. All four partners agreed the need to back the project at a meeting last month.
- If you are interested in hearing more about this project, book onto our Lancaster Update in Blackburn on 24 January.