The Right Honourable David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK visited independent design, environment and sustainability consultancy, LDA Design’s Oxford office on Friday 11 July. With energy and infrastructure a clear focus for the Government, Mr. Cameron’s visit concentrated on LDA Design’s involvement in some of the UK’s most significant energy and infrastructure projects, including Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – the world’s first tidal energy lagoon.
LDA Design’s Oxford office is located at Worton Park, within the Prime Minister’s Witney constituency. While visiting the office Alister Kratt, Partner at LDA Design and Mark Shorrock, Chief Executive Officer of Developer Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd, discussed the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project in depth with the Prime Minister 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, and subject to approval of the DCO application, it is expected to start on site in Spring 2015.
Mr Cameron was also introduced to a wide breadth of other projects both locally and nationally. LDA Design’s regeneration work includes some of the most recognisable projects in the UK including the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and masterplan and transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
In addition the company leads some of the UK’s major development projects and is an advisor to the Royal Parks Agency, Oxford and Cambridge University and Colleges, TFL, RES Group and EDF Energy.
In attendance at the visit from LDA Design was Neil Mattinson (Senior Partner), Alister Kratt (Partner), Mike Foster (Partner); and the developer for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Mark Shorrock (CEO), and Tessa Blazey (Community Officer) at Tidal Lagoon Power.
Alister Kratt, Partner at LDA Design’s Oxford office, 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.”