A Development Consent Order application has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) for what will be the worlds first purpose built tidal lagoon.

Swansea Tidal Bay
Planning application submitted for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

The application, which has been developed through extensive consultation in Swansea Bay, will now be reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate before the public examination process commences.

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will create a new waterfront for Swansea, a focus for water-based activities and a visitor destination in its own right. LDA Design’s masterplan, design coordination and public-realm design for the project create a ‘maritime park’ between Swansea Bay’s beach to the west and Crymlyn Burrows natural dune system to the east.
The scheme comprises sea and landside areas. On the seaward side, it includes the construction of new lagoon walls, designed to capture an area of water that will become ‘the focus for a dynamic public realm, including new beaches, water sports, art and mariculture’.
The project also includes an ‘iconic’ 3,500 square-metre visitor, operations and maintenance building, designed by Juice Architects. Sited at the end of the lagoon’s seawall, with access for visitors by foot, cycle and electric bus, the building is made up of a series of overlapping shells sculpted to form a bowl-like structure, with an outer wall providing shelter from wind and waves. This is finished in highly textured concrete with tall window-like fissures between the shells providing views around the bay.
The building will provide a leisure, cultural and educational base, says LDA Design. The adjacent turbine house will allow the turbines to be part of the visitor experience. The building will be self-sufficient, with all energy required captured from renewable sources or transferred through recycling waste energy as a by-product of the turbines.
Another important component of the lagoon masterplan is a 4,000 square metre international watersport and hatchery centre, designed by Faulkner Browns. Inspired by traditional fishing warehouses and boat houses, the watersport and hatchery centre has been designed to complement local industry and heritage. It will provide an ‘outdoors-focused centre of excellence’ for both recreational and competitive sports, alongside research and development of various marine industries. It will include operational and maintenance facilities, boat storage and wet changing areas, a gateway facility, bio-reactor greenhouse facility and a hatchery.
The dedicated hatchery will house a fully serviced aquaculture system that can support the development and hatchery of oysters and lobsters through an applied seawater circulation system of tanks and hives. The oyster hatchery spawning process will be enhanced by a glass envelope system to generate greenhouse conditions for optimised algae growth with a bio fence network for algae cultivation. The greenhouse structure is designed to harness solar power, generating a clean, low-energy nutrient supply to the hatchery.
Mark Shorrock, CEO of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, says the submission of the application marks a turning point in the development of the UK’s tidal resource. If given the go-ahead, construction of the Swansea Bay lagoon will begin in the first half of 2015, with power being generated from 2018.

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