David Cameron visits LDA Design and discusses Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Prime Minister gets to grips with landscape architecture

The Prime Minister David Cameron visited LDA Design’s Oxford office earlier this month and discussed its work on energy and infrastructure projects, in particular the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which will be the world’s first tidal energy lagoon.

LDA Design’s Oxford office is at Worton Park, within the Prime Minister’s Witney constituency. During David Cameron’s visit to the office, Alister Kratt, Partner at LDA Design and Mark Shorrock, CEO of developer Tidal Lagoon Power, discussed the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project in depth with him and presented a 3D model of the masterplan.

LDA Design is the masterplanner and lead consultant for the project, which was submitted for planning approval earlier this year. Subject to approval of the DCO application, it is expected to start on site in Spring 2015.

David Cameron was also introduced to a wide breadth of other projects both locally and nationally.

In attendance at the visit from LDA Design were Neil Mattinson (Senior Partner), Alister Kratt (Partner), Mike Foster (Partner).  From the developer for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Tidal Lagoon Power, were Mark Shorrock (CEO), and Tessa Blazey (Community Officer).

Alister Kratt, said: ‘The government is clearly focused on increasing and delivering energy and infrastructure projects in the UK. We welcomed the opportunity to speak with the Prime Minister about our work on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon; as an exemplar project, it will not only help regenerate the area through the opportunities that our masterplan provides, it will also help hit 495 GWh per annum, enough energy to power 155,000 homes.’


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