Another £50m funding bid submitted to build Eden Project North on Lancashire coast
The ambitious project is expected to open in 2024, and provide "significant economic, environmental and social benefits" to the area.
Another bid has been submitted to the government for the re-imagining of the Eden Project right here on the North West coast.
The bid for an additional £50 million funding from the second round of the Levelling Up Fund has been submitted to the government this week after Lancaster City Council unanimously granted planning permission to build the £125 million Eden Project North – which is set to be a major attraction for Lancashire, and is part of a wider project aiming to “re-imagine Morecambe as a seaside resort for the 21st Century” – back in January, in what was said to be one of the most important planning meetings in over a decade.
Developers and the Council say the £50 million investment would be half the estimated cost of the ambitious project, and the projected 740,000 annual visitors to the site would bring in cash that would exceed the funding.
Hoping to replicate the success of Cornwall’s Eden Project, the Eden Project North will focus on marine life and seeks to transform the well-known Morecambe coastline by building a “ticketed visitor attraction” that is “sustainable and transformative”.
Just like the original Eden Project, visitors can expect large indoor environments housed within “iconic pavilions” at the Morecambe site.
The plans for the new all-year visitor attraction show five shell-shaped domes built on waterfront on the site of Bubbles – a former swimming pool – and appeal to people keen on art, science, adventure, play and performance, as well as nature.
Plenty of immersive experiences, world-class horticulture, food and drink, and retail spaces are also all expected.
An environment filled with plants and art exhibits will be known as ‘Above the Bay’, while theatrical experiences will bring the tides and lunar rhythms to life in ‘Below the Bay’, and there’ll be bookable wellbeing treatments in The Natural Sanctuary, as well as the Eden Project North’s research and education programmes being housed in the ‘Natural Observatory’.
Eden Project North is expected to provide “significant economic, environmental and social benefits” for the area.
Speaking on the submitted funding bid this weed, Cllr Caroline Jackson – Leader of Lancaster City Council – said: “Eden Project North provides an outstanding opportunity to reinvent Morecambe for the 21st century.
“Simply put, it will transform the local economy and have a transformative effect not just on Morecambe but the whole region [and] I have to thank all the Eden partners for the tireless energy and commitment they have shown as we put together this comprehensive bid.”
Eden Project North would directly employ more than 400 people, with an additional 1,500 jobs supported in the region, and hoped to inject £200 million per year into the North West economy.
Subject to funding being secured, it is due to open in 2024.
Featured Image – Eden Project North