New Eden Project building plans revealed
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.