Cornwall’s Eden Project has been given the necessary planning permission to build a 109-bedroom eco hotel onsite. Cornwall Council endorsed the proposal submitted by architects Tate Harmer to erect an £8.5 million structure scheduled to break ground later in 2017.
Locally sourced materials will be used to build the 4,570-metre² hotel and it will comprise adjoining buildings of three to four floors built around existing trees and natural features. The blueprints show timber poles and stone-cladding will play an integral role in the two structures and allow a seamless blend into the landscape when viewed from a distance.
Tate Harmer partner Jerry Tate said the Eden Project had been very specific in its requirements for the design. He said the client had requested something that mirrored the uniqueness of the attractions housed at the nature centre and its location in the countryside of Cornwall, but would allow it to be operated as a mid-range accommodation establishment.
Mr Tate explained that special features like natural ventilation and an open fire in the lounge would facilitate low energy usage. The hotel will incorporate an eatery and two classrooms. The plan is to utilise the latter for Eden Project sustainability and environment sessions and seminars.
According to Tate Harmer’s schedule of operations, if building starts before the end of the year the hotel will be ready to welcome its first guests before the end of 2018. The hotel is the latest project in a six-year collaboration between the architects and the Eden Project.