Plans submitted for £85m Eden Project North in Morecambe, UK

WCN Editorial Team 18 Jun 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Eden Project International (EPIL) has submitted the first planning report to Lancaster City Council for the proposed £85m Eden Project North attraction in Morecambe, UK.

The Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report is said to be the first stage in the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment and planning application for proposed development.

The new development will combine indoor and outdoor experiences, and offer a vision of a seaside resort for the 21st century including re-imagined lidos, gardens, performance spaces, immersive experiences and observatories.

Expected to attract around 760,000 visitors per year, the Eden Project North will be capable of accommodating up to a million, with a daily capacity of 4,000 people.

The project will feature a 4,000-capacity outdoor arena designed for live music and entertainment.

As per the reports, the buildings will have a maximum height of 37.3m and no taller than the adjacent Grade II listed Midland Hotel.

Eden Project International CEO David Harland said: "This is an important milestone for Eden Project North. Having a positive impact on the internationally significant environment of Morecambe Bay is fundamental to our vision for this project. This report is the next step towards making Eden Project North a reality.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support we have had from the local community and we look forward to working closely with everyone in the coming months and years as Eden Project North takes shape.”

Upon undertaking detailed public and stakeholder consultation this summer and autumn, Eden plans to submit the Environmental Statement alongside the planning application for the project in 2020.

Following a two-year construction period, the project is planned to be opened in spring 2023.

EPIL will deliver the Eden Project North while working with Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council.

EPIL, the global wing of the Eden Project, is also working on other projects in China, Australia, Dubai, the US and the UK.

Image: Illustration of Eden Project North Photo: courtesy of grimshaw architects/Eden Project.

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