The Eden Project has unveiled the design for a new £80million major attraction that may be built in Morecambe Bay.
Two artist’s impressions show what the giant seafront pavilions, inspired by the shape of a mussel, would look like in what has been dubbed ‘Eden Project North.’
The Cornwall-based environmental charity completed a feasibility study for the project in September and is now seeking funding to make it a reality.
An artist’s impression showing the proposed design for an Eden Project North that may be built in Morecambe Bay, costing £80million
Central to the Eden Project North vision in Morecambe is a series of pavilions, which could house a variety of environments.
These would include both indoor and outdoor experiences, including lidos, gardens and observatories and will be aimed at ‘connecting people with the internationally significant natural environment for Morecambe Bay’.
Eden is working with Grimshaw, the architecture firm that designed its world-famous rainforest and Mediterranean biomes, on the unique structure, with a focus on the marine environment.
The prime site of the proposal was formerly occupied by the Bubbles swimming pool and Dome theatre.
The giant seafront pavilions are inspired by the shape of a mussel and will include both indoor and outdoor experiences, including lidos, gardens and observatories
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.
The Eden Project is working with Grimshaw, the architecture firm, to create the unique structure for Morecambe Bay, pictured
‘It’s so heartening to be working with partners who share our ambitions and aspirations for the town and region.’
The original Eden Project project opened near St Austell in Cornwall in 2001, nestled in a huge crater.
The massive biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity as well as stunning plants, exhibitions and summer concerts.
It has welcomed more than 20million visitors through its door since opening.