The Core

The Core

Since 1995 a worked-out china clay pit in St. Austell, Cornwall has been transformed into a leading tourist attraction and horticultural centre, the Eden Project.

Since 1995 a worked-out china clay pit in St. Austell, Cornwall has been transformed into a leading tourist attraction and horticultural centre, the Eden Project. The first structures to be completed were the world’s largest climatically controlled biomes: two massive, ETFE foil-clad, steel geodesic structures covering a plan area of 22,500 square metres. A visitor centre, restaurant and office building followed, all designed on sustainable principles. The latest building to be completed on the site is a new education and interpretation centre, known as “The Core”. It provides a much-needed education facility, with four classrooms and workshop spaces, staff accommodation, a double height exhibition hall and a café.

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