Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project National Lottery Bid, Cornwall


Located in St Austell, Cornwall, the project demonstrates the possibility of sustainable development in harmony with global bio-diversity. The project was originally designed to include individual glass houses (biomes). These biomes range from the 18,000sqm ‘Rainforest biome’, to the 8,000sqm ‘Mediterranean biome’, and include other buildings. The biomes are woven into an amorphous form which grows from the rock face of a disused chalk pit, designed to complement the natural beauty of the Boldeva rock, optimises solar orientation for each biome, and allows for future growth of the project.

Client: The Eden Trust
Contract value: £106 million
Structural Engineer: Anthony Hunt Associates
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon and Everest
Landscape Architect: Land Use Consultants
Project Manager: Davis Langdon Management
Communications and Design: Imagination

Richard was employed as part of the Competition Design Team as an Assistant Architect and worked on the hand drawings and illustrations for the early design concept based on the concept of a bow-truss originally developed by GRIMSHAW at Waterloo Station.