A turbine for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon wins again but still awaits decision

Proposed energy project Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has added to its trophy cabinet with a win at this year’s Engineer Awards, scooping the top prize for Energy, Efficiency & Sustainability. 

The lagoon will harness the power of the tides to provide long-term, predictable, low-carbon electricity for the UK; generating enough energy to power 155,000 Welsh homes annually. It is being developed by Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), with support from LDA Design and Atkins. TLP is also planning five other projects in UK waters. Together, these lagoons will be capable of generating sufficient energy to supply around 8% of the UK’s total electricity.

But Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is not just about sustainable energy production. It also demonstrates visionary place-making and points to how new infrastructure can be used to drive regeneration.

LDA Design’s masterplan takes a multi-functional approach to transform 2.5km of redundant dockside into a tourist hot spot, with a regional sailing centre and a new beach.

The sea walls will not only help to reduce future flood risk; they will also create the framework for a new maritime park. In addition, the site provides an attractive setting to Swansea University’s new Bay Campus.

The scheme has been welcomed by an enthusiastic local community, which gave it an 86 per cent approval rating.

Earlier this year, the lagoon was backed by an independent review of tidal power. Former energy minister, Charles Hendry concluded it was a ‘no regrets option’ that could lead to at least five other full-scale projects. The lagoon is awaiting a final decision by the government.

“On every level this is a pioneering project,” explains LDA Design’s Alister Kratt. “We would welcome a positive decision by the government – and soon, so that we can boost the UK’s ability to produce clean energy and give Swansea a fantastic new stretch of waterfront.”

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon’s most recent award success follows hot on the heels of a double win at the 2017 Planning Awards for Infrastructure and Sustainability – further evidence as to the widespread regard for this project within the industry. Following this win, the scheme will be included in a conference showcasing collaboration and innovation later this year.

Please contact Alister for more information.

Image: copyright Andritz Hydro/TLP

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