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McNaughton replaces Hollingshead on Swansea Bay lagoon project

29 Apr 15 Former Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton is replacing Steve Hollingshead as director of engineering and construction at the company developing the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

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Yesterday we reported that Steve Hollingshead was leaving Tidal Lagoon Power after less than a year in the job to become chief executive of J Murphy & Sons.

As director of engineering and construction at Tidal Lagoon Power, Andrew McNaughton will be responsible for delivering the £850m Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which – subject to planning – will be the world's first tidal lagoon power plant. The developer plans further larger projects in tidal bays around the country. [See previous report here for details.]

Andrew McNaughton has 30 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure in the UK and overseas.  As both a project manager and an executive officer he has been involved with many of the country’s major infrastructure projects in recent years, including Terminals 2 and 5 at Heathrow, the widening of the M25 and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

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He was ousted from Balfour Beatty in May 2014 after just a year as chief executive after one of several profits warnings and a strategy U-turn, putting Parsons Brinkerhoff up for sale.

Of his new job, Mr McNaughton said: “Every so often, the UK infrastructure industry witnesses a major project with the ability to redefine the sector worldwide.  The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is one such project, with a team and tier one supply chain that combines the best of British infrastructure with international expertise of the highest calibre.  I am thrilled to return to the industry’s frontline to oversee its delivery.”

Mark Shorrock, chief executive of Tidal Lagoon Power:  “Andrew has been one of the leading lights in UK infrastructure for many years. We both share a view that the UK has a critical need for a new generation of power assets. Our vision is to build a scalable blueprint for a new form of power asset – Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – and then deliver a series of tidal lagoons at a levelised cost of energy that is the same as nuclear power and combined cycle gas turbines.”

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