Change of plan for Eden Project hotel pushes launch date back to January 2020

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The £8.5m new Eden Project Hotel will now begin construction in November 2018, after a new design and layout was proposed and then accepted by the council.

Plans for the 109-bed site near St Austell in Cornwall were first submitted in June 2015 and then following a revision, were then approved in February 2017.

Now Eden has submitted an undated plan for consideration, which would see a change in design with two buildings now becoming one, resulting in a reduction of the overall mass and visual impact to allow the structure to blend in more with the landscape.

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The new design is more in line with the project’s sustainability mission, says Eden, with the hotel designed to demonstrate best practice for accessibility and inclusivity.

If the amended plans are approved, construction is now due to begin in November and be complete by January 2020, with the hotel would open in the spring of 2020. Construction was originally scheduled to begin in late 2017, with an aim to be completed by April 2018.

The hotel accommodation is designed to support existing projects and partners and also future developments at Eden, as well as provide accommodation for visitors to big events, such as the Eden Sessions summer concerts.

The hotel will be funded by commercial and private borrowing. It is estimated that 35-40 new jobs will be created for the hotel including opportunities for apprenticeships.

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