Atkins, in partnership with Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) and LDA Design, has won the Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability award at The Engineer Collaborate to Innovate Awards 2017 for their collaborative work on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. The awards celebrate projects and initiatives in engineering that are collaborative, innovative and inspiring.
The tidal lagoon power plant will be a world first, using ebb and flood tides to produce more than the equivalent of Swansea’s entire annual domestic electricity consumption. Atkins worked as part of an integrated design and technical team to develop the new technologies and cutting edge designs that ensure the lagoon provides the best possible cost of energy, for both the client and the community.
Ton Fijen, technical director, Tidal Lagoon Power, said: “This award is testament to the pioneering design of Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Working with Atkins and LDA Design, we have developed a truly innovative approach to the development of new low carbon technologies and cutting edge designs that will change the future of global energy production for generations to come.”
Richard Schunter, practice director, Atkins, said: “The collaboration with Tidal Lagoon Power, LDA Design, and others has resulted in a truly innovative project; Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will be the first project of its kind in the world. This project will make a positive difference to people’s lives in the UK in a clean, sustainable and responsible way. As designers and engineers these are things that excite us, and everyone involved in this project should be rightfully very pleased and proud of being part of the team.”
Alister Kratt, LDA Design board director, said:“What’s brilliant about this project is that it’s not only about sustainable, next-generation energy, which is of course vital. It’s also about creating a lasting legacy for Swansea and Wales. By putting people first, we can deliver infrastructure that works for everyone and that makes the most of opportunities to create great places where people belong.”
Tidal lagoons go beyond engineering. They are about creating a legacy for the engineering profession and future generations. They are designed not only to provide clean, carbon free electricity for more than 120 years, but also to act as an attraction to support the tourism economy and act as a catalyst for regeneration in their host locations. British-made turbine and generator technology and engineering expertise will be at the heart of the project, seeding a new global industry with significant export potential for UK manufacturers.
In May 2016, the Government commissioned an independent review, led by Charles Hendry, to assess the strategic case for tidal lagoons and the role they could play in the UK’s energy mix. In January 2017, Hendry published his final report and recommendations with a glowing endorsement for tidal lagoons, describing the pathfinder project as a “no regrets” option. The project is now primed for construction, which is expected to start in 2018.