Eden Project want to built new hotel complete with swimming pools

The Eden Project’s co-founder Sir Tim Smit has confirmed that there are plans to build a hotel with swimming pools warmed by underground hot rocks.

The hotel plans were ditched during the Covid pandemic, but speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference, Smit said the project has been resurrected and would be built using only local materials sourced from within 30 miles of the eco attraction at Bodelva, near St Austell.

Smit is working with Wasp, an Italian company that uses clay and soil to construct buildings using 3D printing. Other materials being considered include hemp.

Read more: Plans for Eden Project hotel with 109 bedrooms put on hold

He told the conference: “We’re going to build a hotel at Eden. It’s going to be accommodation for the greatest hot water pools in mainland Europe.”

The Eden Project has drilled a well to explore generating low-carbon heat and electricity from geothermal power, but it has yet to use either to run its operations. However, according to The Times, Smit said a second well and a solar power installation would make the project and thousands of neighbouring properties ‘totally energy-independent’.



The planned Eden Project hotel
The planned Eden Project hotel as pictured in 2018

A spokesperson for the Eden Project told CornwallLive: “The Eden Project Hotel will be an exemplar of regenerative tourism and positive social impact, with the aim of making it climate positive – beyond net zero. To achieve this, the design is being informed by emerging construction technologies that can reduce the overall carbon life cycle of the building and operations. Additive manufacture (3D printing) is one such technology that could be harnessed.

“The Eden Project in Cornwall is a demonstrator site of climate positive solutions including the built environment. Evaluating the benefits of additive manufacture using locally-sourced natural and recycled materials is something that Eden will be exploring as the hotel designs evolve. We expect plans to progress in 2023/24 as we work through this design and overall development process.”

Plans for a 109-bedroom hotel were put on hold in January 2020. 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.

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