Grimshaw Architects and LDA Design have been appointed to design the first centre – a new ecological park near the port city of Qingdao on China’s east coast. Wetlands, freshwater and salt lakes, swales, reed beds, rain gardens and beaches are to be created, on reclaimed land where two rivers meet.
Like the first Eden Project in Cornwall, the aim will be to surprise and delight visitors but also deliver important ecological messages and an understanding of water purification and how we can go about water protection and conservation.
LDA Design senior board director Neil Mattinson said: "We are thrilled to be part of the design team developing China’s first Eden Project, enabling people to explore and understand what water means for life on earth.
"This is a truly amazing part of the world and our aim is to create an unforgettable, rich experience where lasting memories are made at the water’s edge. We hope it will be a place where people return time and again."
The Eden Project also plans centres in the US, China and Tasmania. More than 19 million people have visited the first Eden Project in Cornwall since it opened in 2001, something which is estimated to have brought in £1.7 billion to the local economy.
Eden Project Limited, the trading company owned by charity the Eden Trust recorded a rise in turnover and operating profit in its last full-year accounts this July. It also saw visitor numbers nudge back up above the million mark for the first time in five years .