A major construction milestone has been achieved at the Eden Project in Qingdao in China as the main arch of the project’s centrepiece Storm Forest Biome is complete.

The single-space biome structure, larger than the interlinked geodesic domes at the Eden Project in Cornwall, encloses a planted space of over 27,000 square meters. The destination is themed around water, as the life blood of nature, culture and civilisation, and the Storm Forest Biome will showcase the atmospheric water cycle on a grand scale, demonstrating its importance in an immersive environment.

Construction on Eden Project Qingdao started in May 2020 and is due to complete in 2023 with the project opening to the public later that year. It will become the first permanent Eden Project outside the UK.

Eden Project International chief executive, David Harland, said: “It’s fantastic to see Eden Project Qingdao taking shape. We are hugely grateful for the hard work of the construction team and all of our partners in China. It has been a long journey to get to this point and one in which we have had to overcome various challenges, not least a global pandemic, but hitting this milestone is testament to the talent and dedication of everyone working on this project.

“We’re really excited that the Eden Project’s international ambitions are shaping up so nicely. With our Qingdao project due to open in 2023 and our new UK bases in Morecambe and Dundee set to open the following year, this is a hugely exciting period for Eden.”