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Pictured at the with an artistic rendition of the Acorn which will be at the centre of the proposed £67m Eden Project Foyle which has been developed by the River Foyle Gardens charity, are from left, Eamonn Deane, trustee, Clare McGee, Director Innovate-NI, Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, Dan James Development Director, Eden Project, Gerry Kelly, Trustee, former CEO Apex Housing, Dr. Bernard Toal, Director, Innovate-NI and Dr Ian Mccafferty, Grimshaw Architects. The 250 acre site will be developed along the banks of the River Foyle linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates. Inside the building there will be performance spaces, play areas with visitors having access to the roof, ziplines surrounded by trees and walkways in the grounds and along the river. There will be a water activity area, walled gardens and outside play areas all with the aim of attracting visitors helping to drive social, economic and environmental regeneration within the city. Picture Martin McKeown. 11.02.20

Pictured at the with an artistic rendition of the Acorn which will be at the centre of the proposed £67m Eden Project Foyle which has been developed by the River Foyle Gardens charity, are from left, Eamonn Deane, trustee, Clare McGee, Director Innovate-NI, Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, Dan James Development Director, Eden Project, Gerry Kelly, Trustee, former CEO Apex Housing, Dr. Bernard Toal, Director, Innovate-NI and Dr Ian Mccafferty, Grimshaw Architects. The 250 acre site will be developed along the banks of the River Foyle linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates. Inside the building there will be performance spaces, play areas with visitors having access to the roof, ziplines surrounded by trees and walkways in the grounds and along the river. There will be a water activity area, walled gardens and outside play areas all with the aim of attracting visitors helping to drive social, economic and environmental regeneration within the city. Picture Martin McKeown. 11.02.20

Eden Project Co-founder Sir Tim Smit with an artistic rendition of the Acorn which will be at the centre of the proposed £67m Eden Project Foyle which has been developed by the River Foyle Gardens charity. The 250 acre site will be developed along the banks of the River Foyle linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates. Inside the building there will be performance spaces, play areas with visitors having access to the roof, ziplines surrounded by trees and walkways in the grounds and along the river. There will be a water activity area, walled gardens and outside play areas all with the aim of attracting visitors helping to drive social, economic and environmental regeneration within the city. Picture Martin McKeown. 11.02.2o

Eden Project Co-founder Sir Tim Smit with an artistic rendition of the Acorn which will be at the centre of the proposed £67m Eden Project Foyle which has been developed by the River Foyle Gardens charity. The 250 acre site will be developed along the banks of the River Foyle linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates. Inside the building there will be performance spaces, play areas with visitors having access to the roof, ziplines surrounded by trees and walkways in the grounds and along the river. There will be a water activity area, walled gardens and outside play areas all with the aim of attracting visitors helping to drive social, economic and environmental regeneration within the city. Picture Martin McKeown. 11.02.2o

Derry born Dr Ian McCafferty from Grimshaw architects with an artistic rendition of the Acorn which will be at the centre of the proposed £67m Eden Project Foyle which has been developed by the River Foyle Gardens charity. The 250 acre site will be developed along the banks of the River Foyle linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates. Inside the building there will be performance spaces, play areas with visitors having access to the roof, ziplines surrounded by trees and walkways in the grounds and along the river. There will be a water activity area, walled gardens and outside play areas all with the aim of attracting visitors helping to drive social, economic and environmental regeneration within the city. Picture Martin McKeown. 11.02.2o

Derry born Dr Ian McCafferty from Grimshaw architects with an artistic rendition of the Acorn which will be at the centre of the proposed £67m Eden Project Foyle which has been developed by the River Foyle Gardens charity. The 250 acre site will be developed along the banks of the River Foyle linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates. Inside the building there will be performance spaces, play areas with visitors having access to the roof, ziplines surrounded by trees and walkways in the grounds and along the river. There will be a water activity area, walled gardens and outside play areas all with the aim of attracting visitors helping to drive social, economic and environmental regeneration within the city. Picture Martin McKeown. 11.02.2o

Pictured at the with an artistic rendition of the Acorn which will be at the centre of the proposed £67m Eden Project Foyle which has been developed by the River Foyle Gardens charity, are from left, Eamonn Deane, trustee, Clare McGee, Director Innovate-NI, Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, Dan James Development Director, Eden Project, Gerry Kelly, Trustee, former CEO Apex Housing, Dr. Bernard Toal, Director, Innovate-NI and Dr Ian Mccafferty, Grimshaw Architects. The 250 acre site will be developed along the banks of the River Foyle linking the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates. Inside the building there will be performance spaces, play areas with visitors having access to the roof, ziplines surrounded by trees and walkways in the grounds and along the river. There will be a water activity area, walled gardens and outside play areas all with the aim of attracting visitors helping to drive social, economic and environmental regeneration within the city. Picture Martin McKeown. 11.02.20

An ambitious riverside cultural and environmental tourist attraction that will transform the banks of the River Foyle in Londonderry has been launched.

While no funding for the £67 million Eden Project Foyle has been secured, it is contained within the New Decade, New Approach deal that brought about the return of the Stormont Assembly and an opening date for 2023 has been set.

The project, developed by the Foyle River Gardens charity hopes to link the Boom Hall and Brook Hall estates giving public access to previously inaccessible land.

An artist’s impression of the proposed project centrepiece is a spectacular building inspired by Neolithic architecture and connected with a network of walkways along which will be walled gardens, tree-top and floating walkways, a water activity centre and play areas.

The project developers hope to secure funding through grants and loans which if successful will see construction begin within 18 months creating 170 jobs.

Speaking at the launch of the project, Sir Tim Smit, Co-founder of the Eden Project, said: “We are hugely excited to be working with the Foyle River Gardens in the creation of Eden Project Foyle and believe completely in its transformative capacity to draw visitors to the North West and become a global must-see destination.

“Having our project named by the Irish and UK Governments in their New Decade, New Approach document is a huge vote of confidence for the team and we are looking forward to working with our partners in Derry and Donegal to bring this project forward.”

A charitable trust, the Foyle River Gardens, will own the project which will be operated in partnership with the with the award winning environmental and educational charity the Eden Project.

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