The Eden Project has revealed the first images of its £60m centre to be delivered on the site of Morecambe’s former Dome entertainment centre and Bubbles swimming pool.
The Eden Project first outlined its plans to open a site in Morecambe in April this year, and in the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, the project received £100,000 towards its development.
A feasibility study was completed in September allowing the charity to outline the first images of the scheme, which features a series of mussel-inspired pavilions which could host a variety of environments.
It will combine indoor and outdoor experiences and the charity said its vision was “a seaside resort for the 21st century” including reimagined lidos, gardens, performance spaces, immersive experiences, and observatories.
Grimshaw is attached as architect, having also designed the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes at the Eden Project’s site in Cornwall.
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.”
The Eden Project opened near St Austell in Cornwall in 2001 in a former clay pit and cost around £141m to build, supported by lottery funding alongside commercial loans, EU development funds, and private backing.
The company is also working on international projects in Australia, China, and the USA.
The Dome, built in the 1970s, was demolished in 2011 by the council, while the Bubbles complex, which opened in 1989, closed in 2001. Both are located on Morecambe’s seafront.