Alun Griffiths has been chosen for a£25m contract to provide ancillary civil engineering for the project’s public realm works. The scope of works includes the breakwater surface, roads, slipways, utilities and landscaping.
The client stressed that the contract would be delivered by a local workforce and materials will also be sourced locally. Griffiths has already awarded a design engineering contract to Atkins’ Swansea office and a landscape architect contract to TACP of Cardiff.
Andrew McNaughton, who joined Tidal Lagoon Power as director of engineering & construction last month, said: “In delivering the early phase works for TLSB, Alun Griffiths will take us a step closer to realising our vision. Their use of a local workforce and materials underlines our commitment to the community of Swansea.”
Alun Griffiths executive director Martyn Evans said: “We are delighted to be appointed by Tidal Lagoon Power to help deliver this exciting, innovative scheme, securing local jobs both now and in the future. This is a major contract for our business and the lagoon will be an iconic piece of infrastructure for Wales. We’ve heard so much about the project and having now seen it at close quarters, I am convinced that the reality will be every bit as compelling as the vision.”
Roger Evans, chair of the Tidal Lagoon Industry Advisory Group, added: “The appointment of Alun Griffiths is a reflection of the developer’s commitment to ensuring that the Wales supply chain is fully able and prepared to realise the economic benefits of this game-changing development. Further works packages will be tendered over the coming months and we are encouraged that the other tier one contractors announced so far are being proactive in their engagement with Welsh industry giving us the opportunity to harness the power of this major £1bn investment in Wales.”
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, the result of which 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.
As previously reported, Laing O’Rourke was last week named for the £200m contract for civil engineering works. Laing O’Rourke will build the 410-metre turbine house and sluice gate structure. [See previous report here.]