Eden secures funds for gateway development

£20 million from South West Regional Development Agency to be spent on gateway building and education centre

New funding worth £20 million won by the Eden Project will be spent on constructing the Cornwall attraction’s gateway building and education centre. The cash is from the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA). Objective One Partnership director Carleen Kelemen and SWRDA deputy chairman Nick Buckland were at Eden last week to ann- ounce the funding, of which £12.9 million came from Europe and £6.78 million from the SWRDA. Eden development director Gaynor Coley said: “Supporting Eden’s Big Build 2 developments with this new funding package is further recognition of our economic benefit to Cornwall and the region. The Objective One Partnership and the SWRDA worked with us at a strategic level to ensure this ‘Eden effect’ is not just a honeymoon but is captured and sustained.” The £20 million completes the £33 million Big Build 2 funding, which included £10 million from the Millennium Commission and £2.89 million from the SWRDA. Eden will become an all-weather attraction with the new gateway building being linked to the visitor centre by a vertical transport system to allow easy access. The visitor centre will also be expanded and redeveloped. Eden chief executive Tim Smit said: “Now we will be able to take another step forward to being not just good, but truly great.”

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