Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon win at Landscape Institute Awards

The Landscape Institute announces the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards, with the winning schemes including the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay. Landscape architects LDA Design won the prestigious President’s Award for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, an ambitious project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

The primary purpose of the project is to generate fully renewable power from the tidal range in Swansea Bay, enhancing energy security and allowing important carbon reductions. Other key objectives are to contribute to the regeneration of the Bay and to create a tourism, sports and leisure resource at a regional/national level which contributes to the local economy.

Early on in project development, design objectives and principles were identified for the masterplan, which seeks to establish a flexible concept of a new recreational coastline for Swansea between the city centre beach front to the west and Crymlyn Burrows SSSI to the east.

The project involves the construction of new seawalls to impound 11.5km2 of Swansea Bay. Turbines within the walls will generate renewable electricity from the incoming and outgoing tide, exploiting the exceptionally large tidal range within the Bay, and will have a nominal rated capacity of 240MW (based on average tides) and an installed capacity of 320MW. The project will generate in excess of 500GWh per year, enough to power 156,000 homes (c.90% of Swansea Bay’s annual domestic electricity use, or c.11% of that of Wales). The project will have an anticipated lifespan of 120 years.

Integral to the project will be the creation of new public realm on top of the seawalls and along the existing shoreline, with a visitor centre and facilities for education, arts, culture, recreation and sport.

The project is of international significance and is the first in a series of lagoons that Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd intends to develop, own and operate in the UK. The Swansea project is intended to demonstrate the technical feasibility and financial viability of tidal lagoons, as well as the client’s approach which puts place-making at its heart and seeks to integrate a major renewable energy project into the lives of local people. It will provide long-term, secure, predictable renewable energy, making a significant contribution to reducing climate change.

The project is particularly significant in having landscape architects as the creative leader of a major infrastructure project. The contextual, analytical, creative and communication skills of landscape architects have been a key driver in shaping the project and their value has been clearly demonstrated to the entire project team and other stakeholders.

The project will deliver the world’s first purpose built tidal energy lagoon, harnessing the 8.5m tidal range of Swansea Bay (average Spring tides) to generate renewable electricity for 14 hours per day, for 120 years, with a net annual output in excess of 500GWh (equivalent to c.90% of Swansea Bay’s annual domestic electricity use, or 11% of Wales’). Alongside this, it will provide a major sports, tourism and leisure destination, contributing to local regeneration.

Landscape Institute Awards 2014

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession.

Other schemes crowned with a win included Birmingham’s Eastside City Park, designed by Patel Taylor to fulfill a part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan, which scooped an award for public space design; Maida Hill Market, by landscape architects Gillespies, which provides a valuable area of open space to north London’s Harrow Road community; South Pennines Watershed Landscape Projects by South Pennines Local Nature Partnership, a project which engages local communities with the landscape; and Urbis Limited’s A Comprehensive Street Tree Management Plan for Hong Kong, which helps the city to get the most in environmental, social and economic returns from its trees.

Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape, said: “This year’s winners are outstanding examples of landscape architecture. In addition to exceptionally designed schemes, projects range from a communications strategy, waking people up to the role landscape can play in their lives, to a dissertation about ethical design.

Category: Adding Value Through Landscape
Winner: Maida Hill Market, London W9
Landscape Architect: Gillespies

Highly Commended: Columbia Road Discovery Park, Sunderland
Landscape Architect: Sunderland City Council

Highly Commended: The Landscape Strategy Team: Hampshire City Council
Landscape Architect: Hampshire City Council Property Services

Category: Communications and Presentation
Winner: South Pennines Watershed Landscape Project
Landscape Architect: South Pennines Local Nature Partnership

Category: Small Scale Private
Highly Commended: Vermillion, Rathbone Market
Landscape Architect: Churchman Landscape Architects

Category: Small Scale Public
Winner: Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, London
Landscape Architect: LUC

Highly Commended: Liverpool Central Library
Landscape Architect: Austin-Smith Lord

Category: Medium Scale Public
Winner: Eastside City Park, Birmingham
Landscape Architect: Patel Taylor

Highly Commended: City Park, Bradford
Landscape Architect: Gillespies

Highly Commended: Lon Gwyrfai, Multi Use Path
Landscape Architect: Harrison Design Development Ltd

Category: Medium Scale Private
Highly Commended: LSBU Public Realm, London
Landscape Architect: B|D landscape architects

Highly Commended: Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up, London
Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Category: Large Scale Public
Highly Commended: Burgess Park Regeneration, London
Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Highly Commended: Wandle Park, Croydon
Landscape Architect: Croydon Council

Category: Heritage and Conservation
Highly Commended: The Restoration of Brockwell Park, London
Landscape Architect: LUC

Category: Policy and Research
Winner: A Comprehensive Street Tree Management Plan for Hong Kong
Landscape Architect: Urbis

Highly Commended: Environmental Stewardship & Historical Parkland
Landscape Architect: Cookson & Tickner

Highly Commended: Monitoring the Effects of Environmental Stewardship on Landscape Character and Quality, and Developing Indicators and Thresholds for Monitoring the Landscape Impacts of Environmental Stewardship
Landscape Architect: LUC

Highly Commended: The State of UK Public Parks 2014
Landscape Architect: Peter Neal Consulting Ltd

Category: Neighbourhood Planning
Winner: Church Street and Paddington Green Infrastructure and Public Health Plan
Landscape Architect: Grant Associates

Category: Strategic Landscape Planning
Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Highly Commended: Seascape Assessment for the South Marine Plan Areas
Landscape Architect: LUC

Category: Student Dissertation
Winner: A New Ethical Design Process
Student: Jacqui Jobbins

Highly Commended: Addressing open space pressures in urban centres: Assessing and planning for the recreational use of historic English urban cemeteries
Student: David Hammett

Highly Commended: Minami-sanriku Disaster Resilient Planning
Student: Vanessa Powell

Highly Commended: Memory-Sensitive Architecture
Student: Lauri Mikkola

Category: Student Portfolio
Winner: Portfolio submission
Student: Paloma Stott

Highly commended: Portfolio Submission
Student: Freddie Egan

Category: Urban Design and Masterplanning
Highly Commended: Canal Park Design Guide
Landscape Architect: J & L Gibbons LLP

Highly Commended: Masterplan for East Village, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Landscape Architect: Broadway Malyan

Category: Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation
Winner: Adapting to Climate Change: Launching the debate in the Lower Ouse Valley
Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

Category: President’s Award
Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LL

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