Former Laing ORourke Australia CEO joins £850m Tidal Lagoon Power Scheme
Former Laing O’Rourke Australia Chief Executive Steve Hollingshead has joined Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) to serve as construction director on the £850m renewable energy scheme.
Hollingshead will be responsible for delivering the Swansea Bay, Wales, project, which if approved will be the world’s largest tidal power plant, as well as the first man-made energy-generating lagoon.
In February, TLP submitted a 5,000-page application for a development consent order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008.
The project would see the construction of a 9.5km-long sea wall around Swansea Bay to create a lagoon in the Severn Estuary, which has a large tidal range averaging 8.5m. Turbines would harness this to power more than 120,000 homes for 120 years, according to the developers.
Hollingshead brings more than 35 years’ experience of delivering major global infrastructure projects, having begun his career at Taylor Woodrow Construction before joining Laing O’Rourke in 1989. He left the company in December 2013.
TLP Chief Executive Mark Shorrock, said: “With the public examination process now under way in Swansea, our focus is on developing the team that will lead the construction of Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and subsequent lagoons that together will generate up to 10 per cent of the UK’s electricity requirements.
“Steve has a fantastic track record both here in the UK and throughout the world. His appointment is a reflection of our commitment to recruiting and retaining the very best people to lead this new industry for the UK.”
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Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.