Formal consultations have started on the world’s first purpose built tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, with public exhibitions to take place at 18 locations throughout the Swansea Bay area, from the 4th of July to the 5th of August.
The landscape and project planning is in the hands of LDA Design, which has included the development of a sophisticated virtual programme of the lagoon, showing it in the context of Swansea Bay. This programme was joint developed by LDA with iCreate. The marine engineers for the project will be Atkins.
Propositions for the tidal lagoon state a power capacity of 240 MW, with a 400GWh net annual output generation – approximately enough energy to power 121,000 homes. Additionaly, the £650m development will provide art, education, mariculture, visitor and sports facilities. Walkers, runners and cyclists will also be able to enjoy use of the seawall, although this will be restricted in dark hours and dangerous weather conditions.
The project’s Head of Planning, Alex Herbert, states: “Working with our partners LDA Design and Atkins, iCreate has developed this fantastic addition to our formal consultation tools. The lagoon is shown to scale, along with our latest concepts for supporting development including a visitor and boating centre. This tool will help people to experience and understand the lagoon proposals as accurately as possible, so their feedback can help us to develop a truly world-class facility. All feedback from consultation will be taken into account as we move towards making a planning application later this year. The concepts are exciting but we hope the reality will be even more inspiring.”