Swansee Bay Tidal Lagoon project, Rampion Wind Farm, Post-Election Impacts, Finance, Crossrail & the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project


UK Project Management Round Up

By Miles Shepherd
Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK




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Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Laing O’Rourke, the Kent based construction company, has been chosen as the main contractor for the £200m deal to deliver the lagoon’s 1,345ft (410m) turbine house and water flow sluice.

The overall project is a harbour structure that closes off a tidal area. The walls will have hydro-turbines incorporated through which the sea moves to generate electricity. It is expected to generate around 500GWh per year – enough electricity to power more than 155,000 houses in the area and have a life of 120 years.

This element of the build will require up to 500 workers at peak construction, a substantial number of whom will be local to South Wales. Concrete, reinforcing and other materials will also be sourced locally.  Laing O’Rourke has named Arup as its lead design and engineering partner for the contract.

Jonathan Adams, Project Lead at Laing O’Rourke said: “From London 2012 to St Pancras International Station to Heathrow Terminal 5, we’ve been involved in the delivery of some of the UK’s most celebrated infrastructure projects. Today, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is the talk of the international construction industry and we are thrilled to be playing a part in its delivery.” Following advanced works and value engineering, a fixed price contract will be signed later this year for the main build. Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc has also run tenders for the project’s marine works package and for a package to provide public realm ancillary works. The results of these tenders will be announced shortly. Further tenders for the construction of a Turbine Assembly Plant in Wales, and for the lagoon’s public realm and buildings work will proceed through the summer.


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About the Author


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Salisbury, England, UK

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Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses. Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is currently Director of PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and the Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management. He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance. Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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