The Eden Project has been granted planning permission for a sustainable timber-clad, 109-bedroom hotel.
Planning permission was originally granted for a hotel at what is Cornwall's largest visitor attraction, in June 2015. A revised design with additional facilities was submitted in May 2016, but later withdrawn following opposition concerning its visual impact and scale.
The new design, which will now go-ahead, features local stone cladding at the lower level of the two buildings, with the timber pole cladding at the upper level designed to blend into the surrounding landscape. Existing features, including old trees and stone walls, will be incorporated into the design of the grounds, while a meadow and orchard will be planted.
David Harland, executive director, Eden Project, described the hotel's design as "eye-catching", while being in keeping with its surroundings.
"We're proud to say that it will be built to the highest environmental standards," he added.
The hotel will accommodate regular visitors to the Eden Project, as attendees at the venue's series of summer concerts. It will also incorporate classrooms to support Eden's educational programmes.
Tate Harmer, specialist architects for sustainability and natural environments, is designing the hotel.
Jerry Tate, partner, Tate Harmer, said: "This building is a unique response to its local Cornish context and the philosophy of the Eden Project. Landscape is at the heart of the scheme, with local timber cladding and Cornish stone walls embedding the building into its setting."
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