GHK has secured planning permission to develop this unique hotel and visitor centre project. It is anticipated that construction will commence in 2010.
The site is in a prime location for bird watching on the Hayle Estuary, one of the leading bird watching sites in the UK, offering unrivalled viewing of the RSPB reserve and adjacent estuary. The birds and wildlife of the estuary are the unique selling point of the location.
The hotel will be developed to make the most of eco-tourism opportunities particularly in extending the tourism season into the winter months, a key economic priority for Penwith.
The building is designed with a ‘green’ biodiversity roof, which will blend the building into the landscape minimising impact on the views, both from and around the site. The ‘Green roof’ also offers other environmental benefits such as reduced impact of storm water runoff on drainage systems and will provide greater thermal performance and sound insulation.
As part of the wider design scheme, it is intended to introduce areas of vegetation and wetland to the perimeters of the site, with the aim of encouraging further habitat development.