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New Eden Project building plans revealed

By KimMiddleton  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

  • An architectural drawing of the HOW2 building.

  • From left, Debbie Wilshire the deputy chief executive office of Cornwall College, Gaynor Coley the chief executive for enterprise at the Eden Project and Rachel Gaunt director of Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects Limited, present the plans for HOW2.

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Plans for a new building at the Eden Project have been revealed - which promises to create about 150 new jobs over the next 10 years.

Working in partnership with Cornwall College, the HOW2 building will showcase sustainable technologies and provide education, training and engage businesses in their use and installation.

Grant funding for the project has totalled £560,000, with money coming from the European Regional Development Fund under the Convergence Programme and Cornwall Council.

Gaynor Coley, Eden's chief executive for enterprise, said: "The exhibition space will allow visitors to experience and explore how we might live and work successfully in the 21st century and how each and every one of us can take part.

"It will be rich with new ideas and groundbreaking technologies that could provide the answers to low carbon living and visitors will be invited to participate and enter into an ongoing relationship with HOW2.

"The building will have built-in recording facilities so that any lessons will be available via the web.

"The aim is to create a new approach that combines hands-on practical experimentation and learning with online digital information that is accessible from any internet connection.

"This will help drive the swift transfer of knowledge and the continued updating of such knowledge."

It is estimated that 150 new jobs will be created by HOW2 over the next 10 years, if the plans for the project are approved by Cornwall Council.

Dave Linnell, principal of Cornwall College, said: "The HOW2 Project will allow us to remain at the forefront of sustainable and renewable technologies training within the Cornish economy.

"We have worked with the Eden Project on a number of schemes previously and are very much looking forward to continuing our partnership.

"We value our contribution to the local community and this will offer some great opportunities."

The exact location on the Eden site is being appraised and, subject to capital funding being secured, the building is due to be completed by mid-2015.

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  • Big_Ger  |  September 07 2012, 10:12PM

    I', a fan of Eden, it's been an amazing draw for our county. Anything which adds to that is a good thing.

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  • homerjay  |  September 07 2012, 7:28PM

    No money available for frontline services but they can always find money for PC re-education projects, just mention 'global warming', sorry, I mean 'climate change'.

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  • Phil_lip  |  September 07 2012, 5:19PM

    Well it is time they got more public money (NOT!) seeing as a few months ago they managed to clear their debt with Cornwall Council and got off paying any interest back into the public purse. Am all for good causes but this tourist attraction has run its course, from the initial problems with the wrong soil killing off plants to the poorly covered up clearance of the initial loan this is only going to create more of a problem in the long run when there are plenty of other places offering the same thing and small or large they have all failed at some point.

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  • 28daysearlier  |  September 07 2012, 4:18PM

    I'm a big fan of the Eden project and what it is that they are trying to achieve but i let out a big groan when i saw this. I recently attended the former Gaia Centre at Delabole for the CC renewables conference. My understanding was that that facility was created with a similar purpose in mind. I was saddened to find out that the huge PV array on the roof no longer worked and that the centre was largely unused. I'm not sure how much public money (and yes i consider grant money to be public money) has been pored into that facility over the years but that has proven to be a huge white elephant. What is to say that this will be any different. The article isn't clear about how much funding is coming from CC? And considering Edens financial problems i would question if this is the best time to embark on such a project?

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