Hotel for Cornwall's The Eden Project (next year that is)

Hotel for Cornwall's The Eden Project (next year that is)

Architect practice Tate Harmer has been awarded planning permission to build a sustainable hotel for visitors to The Eden Project

The Eden Project Hotel will have 109 bedrooms and cost around £8.5 million to build. Using modular construction, work is due to start later this year, with a build time estimated at around 12 months - so if you're lucky you might get a room for the October half-term in 2021. Designed by Tate Harmer to be in keeping with The Eden Project environment and ethos, the hotel will be very low energy with an emphasis on insulation and triple glazing.

The Eden Project will attract even more visitors when its own hotel opens at the end of next year. Occupying 4,500m2, the hotel will blend in with the environment and be a very low energy place to stay, says Tate Harmer associate architect Laurence Pinn.

'We take a low tech approach to projects, and with this hotel the aim is to get the fabric of the building right, to the correct thermal mass. The emphasis is on insulation and triple glazing so the amount of energy the hotel will need to use will be minimal.'

Pinn says the hotel won't, for example, have an air conditioning system, rather rooms will stay cool in summer thanks for a system of air vents and positioning rooms between the external sun screen louvres so they won't be affected by solar gain.

And to speed up the build, the hotel will be constructed from an on-site manufactured timber modular system. Local stone and local larch pole cladding will age gracefully over time to create an integrated architecture and landscape experience.
The hotel will be very unobtrusive
The hotel has been developed in conjunction with The Eden Project team and Eden staff will run it
This project will also include a new café, education area and landscaping of the surroundings.

This scheme is the centrepiece of the planned ‘Green Ribbon’ project developed with The Eden Project, a series of landscape and building interventions around the edge of the main visitor site to enhance Eden’s education and outreach work. The hotel has been carefully designed to maintain all existing mature landscape features on the site, including an existing ancient Cornish hedgerow which passes between the two built forms.

Pinn says the interior plans are still being worked on but expect natural locally sourced materials. The hotel will feel homely and friendly - it definitely won't be a glossy high end luxury establishment. 'And it's going to be run by Eden staff, it's not being outsourced to a hotel chain.'
Can't wait to get down there!