Plans have been unveiled for a £6m hotel to be built on the site of The Eden Project in Cornwall.
The proposal, submitted this week to Cornwall Council, outline plans for a 115-bedroom hotel to blend in with the countryside and have “high standards of accessibility, energy-efficiency and sustainability”.
If the application is successful Eden says that the new development would create around 25 new jobs.
The hotel, Eden says, would be a great asset in sustaining business all year round and unlocking the potential of the wider estate beyond the world-famous Biomes.
The hotel would only provide sleeping accommodation for guests, as there would be no provision for any catering in the building, instead allowing visitors to access the facilities on the main Eden site.
Eden executive director David Harland said: "Establishing accommodation on-site has been an aspiration for Eden since it began and we are now in a strong position to make this a reality.
"The proposed hotel is intended to support Eden’s activities, its educational aspirations, its existing and future conference events, weddings, and the annual Eden Sessions series of concerts.
"Many of these events require visitors to arrive the previous evening and then remain on site until the next day or day after. This new accommodation would enable us to meet their expectations and secure Eden’s identity as a conferencing and events venue."
The position of the mid-range hotel, which would be funded by the private sector, has been chosen to be both accessible to the main Eden site and close to the perimeter of Eden’s outer estate.
The design of the hotel will be based on simple lines, with a timber-clad structure being built in a similar style to Eden’s Foundation Building which sits outside of the main visitor area.
The hotel is designed to support existing projects and partners and also future developments on site, not just for the Eden.
These include the Building Research Establishment’s National Solar Centre and Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust’s Green Build Hub. The hotel would enable them to offer residential courses to support their own training ambitions.
Eden is currently in discussion with a number of potential partners regarding the management of the proposed hotel.