The Eden Project and Lancaster University said on Tuesday they have committed to strengthening their existing partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Eden has been working with the university and other local partners on the Eden Project North development in Morecambe since 2015.
The plan for Eden Project North in Morecambe Bay is seen as “a seaside resort for the twenty-first century” including reimagined lidos, gardens, performance spaces, immersive experiences and observatories.
“The two partners will explore special projects, including health and wellbeing, sustainability, environment and green energy, to enhance the opportunities provided by Eden Project North,” said Lancaster University.
“The University’s physical presence on the site in Morecambe is also being developed.
“Work on Eden Project North continued during lockdown, with the project team optimistic that it can still open in 2023, as originally planned.
“The Eden Project in Cornwall has recently reopened following a 75-day closure for the pandemic.”
Eden Project International Limited is working with Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council to deliver Eden Project North.
Professor Sue Black, Lancaster University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, said: “The opportunity to work closely with Eden Project North is incredibly exciting and mutually beneficial.
“Universities have a civic responsibility to support the places where they are based and to help to find ways to address some of the most pressing problems.
“These issues range from helping local businesses to grow, to boosting the health of local people, and improving education for school pupils and lifelong learners alike.
“Our partnership with Eden strengthens our position to tackle these issues.”
Eden Project International Limited CEO David Harland said: “Lancaster University are a key partner in the development of Eden Project North, having been with us since the very beginning.
“Their insight was instrumental to getting this project off the ground and they also provided vital funding for the early concept work.
“We’re delighted to be strengthening our relationship with the University and look forward to working closely with them on Eden Project North and other projects beyond.”
Eden in Cornwall has contributed £2 billion to the local economy and welcomed more than 21 million visitors since it fully opened in 2001.