Thursday, July 31, 2008

Eco-lodge for bird-watchers to enhance Cornwall tourism

Plymouth based architects Gilmore Hankey Kirke have submitted a unique planning application to develop an eco lodge hotel with associated cafe and restaurant and visitor centre on a stunning site on the Hayle Estuary in Cornwall.

The 30 bedroom eco-lodge employs the latest thinking in environmentally sustainable design and construction and has been designed sympathetically to respond to the setting of the site and to make the most of the eco-tourism opportunities and the wildlife tourism potential of the area.

Each room will be orientated to take advantage of the stunning views of the estuary with a private balcony and panoramic views, binoculars, telescopes and interpretation charts.

The building design also incorporates a public viewing deck, a visitor centre and a ‘green’ biodiversity roof which will blend the building into the landscape minimizing impact on the views, both from and around the site.

GHK architect Gavin Woodford said: “A priority for the Penwith local economy is to enhance the value of the tourism industry through carefully considered development that is sympathetic to the area’s outstanding natural environment.

The proposed development aims to bring new sustainable high value and year round tourism business to West Cornwall by celebrating and retaining sympathetic to the area’s natural assets. The objective is to attract people to Hayle and St.Ives and encourage visitors to appreciate and enjoy the outstanding wildlife of the Hayle estuary and other sites in Cornwall, in a manner sympathetic to the local environment.

The development will also deliver a unique and stunning landmark building which will greatly add to the tourism marketing potential for the whole region.”
If the planning application is successful, a completion date of around autumn 2009 is anticipated.

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