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PHOTOS: First work under way at Eden Project Morecambe site

Luke Jackson from Dunelm Geotechnical and Environmental Ltd at work on the Eden Project Morecambe site on Thursday

The first official work at the Eden Project Morecambe site has been taking place this week.

Contractors have been at the central Promenade site - earmarked for the new Eden visitor attraction - carrying out preliminary survey work since Monday.

An Eden Project spokesperson said: "Initial ground investigations are taking place on the Eden Project Morecambe site this week.

"The work involves making a number of small bore-holes to allow excavation of soil samples to take place.

"These samples will then be sent for analysis. The analysis of the samples will help inform further detailed design and the future construction phase."

The sight of the first 'spade in the ground' at the Eden site has caused great excitement with local people who have been walking past the land this week to take their own photos.

Our own images from Thursday morning show contractors from Dunelm Geotechnical and Environmental Ltd and I.T Shaw Plant Hire and Civil Engineering at work on the site.

Dunelm is a Durham-based company that works with clients to help them understand the engineering and environmental conditions at their sites.

It was announced in January that the government had awarded £50m from its Levelling Up fund to the Eden Project Morecambe.

The Eden team intend to transform the derelict site on Morecambe’s seafront into a world class visitor attraction, educational and ecological facility, and concert venue, themed around the wonders of the Bay.

The Eden Project in Cornwall has had a transformative effect on tourism in the South West of England.

The Morecambe scheme will also kick-start regeneration more widely in our local area, creating jobs, supporting tourism and encouraging investment in the seaside town. 

The government contribution of £50m forms half of the projected £100m cost of building the eco-attraction on the central Promenade, with the remainder of the funds coming from private and philanthropic sources.

Planning permission for the project was granted in January 2022 and landowners Lancaster City Council have transferred the site to Eden.

The proposed Eden Project North is earmarked for 4.8 hectares of land on the central promenade in Morecambe, near the Midland hotel.

The mixed-use complex will be housed in four shell-like domes and will combine indoor and outdoor attractions, themed around Morecambe Bay.

The facility is set to include plants, art and interactive exhibits, a concert area for live music events, three cafe/restaurants and a visitor centre.

The Eden site in Morecambe has been vacant since 2011 when The Dome venue was demolished.

Prior to that, the land was also home to the Bubbles swimming centre and previously, the outdoor Super Swimming Stadium.

Related Stories: Morecambe’s landmark Eden Project North will happen after £50m funding confirmed - Beyond Radio

Land agreement brings Eden Project North one step closer to reality. - Beyond Radio

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