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Plans to Build On-Site Hotel Unveiled by Eden Project

One of the most renowned visitor attractions in Cornwall has revealed plans to build a 109-room £8.5m hotel that will use local materials in its construction and blend into the surrounding landscape.

The Eden Project is already the most-visited attraction in Cornwall, thanks to the indoor rainforest and huge collection of Mediterranean plants housed under a pair of attractive biodomes. Now the Eden Project has unveiled its intention to add an upscale hotel to its site outside of St. Austell.

The plan is for the hotel to reduce its visible impact on the surrounding area by applying a two-block design while ample use of stone and timber from the local area will make it more sustainable and energy-efficient. If the plans receive the necessary approvals, construction will start late next year and the hotel will open in April 2018.

These plans for the Eden Project hotel are not a new undertaking. In June 2015 the site received planning permission for a hotel, but the plans were revised so that advice could be received from hotel specialists and concerns about the scale and environmental impact of the property could be addressed.

David Harland, executive director for the Eden Project, said that the concept of a hotel went back to the early days of the attraction. He explained that there had long been an aspiration to have a hotel on the site and the project was the result of years spent working toward that goal.

Every summer music fans attend the Eden Sessions concerts, many of whom will want to stay at the hotel. It could also appeal to families on holiday and day trippers who want to remain in the area awhile longer. Over 18 million people have visited the Eden Project since it opened in 2001, many of them coming to take in the educational activities and themed entertainment.

Mr Harland added that the hotel accommodation would enhance the project’s appeal as a location for conferences, weddings, and other important events. He confirmed that it was part of an overall plan to make Eden a year-round business.


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