Eden – it’s more than regeneration

The £85m Eden Project plan for Morecambe will deliver more than regeneration – it will put north Lancashire on a global stage and help to raise aspirations locally.

That was the upbeat message from a panel discussion examining the opportunities and challenges facing North Lancashire.

Eden was just one of a number of “transformational” projects in the area highlighted at the launch event of the latest edition of Lancashire Business View. They included major development work at Lancaster Castle.

The event at Lancaster and Morecambe College, which was sponsored by Baines Wilson, also heard about the continued positive impact of the £140m Bay Gateway link road, which was described as a “catalyst” for new opportunities in the area, including Eden.

The Eden Project North is set to attract over an estimated 760,000 visitors a year once open.

The networking event heard about Lancaster and Morecambe College’s work to create a “Morecambe Bay Curriculum” in partnership with Eden Project.

As well as specific Eden-focused training for the local workforce it will deliver a unique educational programme for students aged between three and 25.

Victoria Carter, from the college, said: Eden Project North is not just about regeneration. It is about raising aspirations.”

It is a real opportunity to put the area on the map both nationally and internationally.

Caroline Rayner, from Baines Wilson, said: “There hasn’t been a spade put in the ground yet, but already the way Eden is engaging with the local community is amazing.

“It is a real opportunity to put the area on the map both nationally and internationally. Then there are the benefits that will go hand in hand for business, tourism and infrastructure. There is a real buzz about the place.”

Ian Steel, of Atkinson Coffee, said: “The number of transformational projects that are being created is fantastic.”

And he added that Lancaster was now one of eleven English Heritage Cities alongside Bath and York.

Guy Cookson, of Hotfoot Design, told the audience there was a “new sense of optimism” around the area. A growing sense of collaboration was also having a positive impact.

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