Plans for Eden Project hotel with 109 bedrooms put on hold

Artist impression of the proposed Eden Project Hotel which received planning permission in February 2017

Plans for a 109-bedroom hotel to be built at Cornwall’s Eden Project have been put on hold.

The £8.5m sustainable hotel was due to open its doors in 2021.

It first received planning permission in February 2017. The Eden Project then submitted an updated plan for consideration by Cornwall’s planners in February 2018.

A spokesman for Eden said at the time: “The most significant change to the design is that two buildings would now become one, with a reduction of the overall mass and visual impact to allow the structure to blend in more with the landscape.

“The new design is more in line with the project’s sustainability mission. The hotel will demonstrate best practice for accessibility and inclusivity.”

Construction was then due to begin in November 2018, but it did not.

Cornwall Live contacted the Eden Project earlier this month to ask if the scheme was still going ahead.

An Eden Project spokesperson said: “We are still planning to build a hotel at Eden but the project is currently on hold.”

It is not known why the construction of the hotel has been delayed.

The planned Eden Project hotel

In October, Eden’s co-founder Tim Smit announced that a £16.8m geothermal project to heat up the Eden Project was to get under way after EU and Cornwall Council funding was secured.

The Eden Project and EGS Energy Limited have announced that drilling 4.5km down into the Earth’s crust will go ahead next summer following a 10-year campaign to bring pioneering clean energy technology to Cornwall.

At the time, Mr Smit said: “Geothermal will be a game changer for Eden, Cornwall and the UK. The heat will be used for the Biomes, to grow food, as well as helping support the development of our long-awaited hotel.”

Cornwall Live has asked the Eden Project for more details regarding the delay.