Eden Project plans new energy-efficient hotel
The Eden Project has announced its plans to build an on-site hotel.
While the Eden Project - known for its enormous biomes which house various species of plants and include an indoor rainforest - is Cornwall's most visited attraction, these plans are hoped to make it an even more appealing destination for tourists. The £8.5 million hotel will be built on the site near St Austell will contain 109 rooms and is expected to open in April 2018.
It will use a two-block design in order to reduce the visible impact on the landscape, and there will also be a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability. There's no doubt the buildings will include high levels of thermal wall insulation, while low-energy heating systems and other efficient technologies will also be incorporated.
The Eden Project has been thinking about adding accommodation for a while now - it actually received planning permission for a hotel back in June 2015 - and according to the Eden Project's executive director, David Harland, an option for a hotel actually dates back to the attraction's earliest days. However, the plans have since been revised following advice from hotel experts, as well as concerns about the impact and scale of the property.
"We have always aspired to have a hotel at Eden and this is the culmination of years of work towards that aim," he said.
It's likely that the new hotel will appeal to music fans, as it will be a convenient option during the Eden Sessions - a series of concerts held every summer. It will also be an excellent choice for families and day trippers looking to spend more time in the area.
Mr Harland added: "We feel that hotel accommodation would increase Eden's appeal as a venue for weddings, conferences and events. This is part of our plan to enhance the year-round sustainability of Eden's business."
The Eden Project opened in 2001 and since then, more than 18 million people have visited.