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News in brief: £100m Swansea tidal lagoon, £250m Telford regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

News in brief: Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Telford regeneration plans due

Next phase plans for Telford’s £250 million Southwater regeneration scheme are due around Christmas. Speaking after a ceremony held at the weekend marking the completion of the first phase, Bill McClements, a councillor for Telford, said he hoped work for the second phase would in spring next year. A new library, restaurants, bars and a cinema have been completed as part of the first phase while the second phase includes new shops and more than 100 apartments.

£100m invested in Swansea tidal lagoon

Financial services company Prudential will invest £100 million in Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. The 240-Megawatt project could power 120,000 homes and would take two years to build, creating more than 1,800 jobs during construction. Mark Shorrock, chief executive, Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd, said: “Securing the backing of a world-renowned investment institution marks another major milestone for the Swansea Bay project and is a clear endorsement of our vision to introduce tidal lagoon infrastructure into the UK’s low-carbon energy mix. Tidal lagoons will employ British industry to harness a British natural resource and return profits to British institutions.”

Sites revealed as part of refurbishment plans

Liverpool City Council has revealed the five sites where houses will be built or refurbished as part of a £205 million plan to create 2,500 homes. Woolton, West Derby, Norris Green, Everton and St Michael’s will see work take place on up to 200 homes after a consortium was appointed by the city council to build 1,500 homes and bring 1,000 back into use. Redrow Homes, Liverpool Mutual Homes and Willmott Dixon are all part of the consortium.

Former Rolls-Royce building to be regenerated

Regeneration work worth £4 million is due to start on Marble Hall in Derby, a former Rolls-Royce building. The Grade II listed building has stood empty for seven years, but after refurbishment it will house meeting rooms, a nursery and a café - turning it into a meeting place for the community.

£4m Leicester school

A new £4 million school in Leicester could be built on the site of a closed school if planning permission is granted. Leicestershire County Council has said that every school in Leicester Forest East and Braunstone Town is either full or nearly full. The school would be completed by 2016.

Liverpool gallery receives HLF grant

Wirral’s Lady Lever Art Gallery has received £1.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to go towards its £2.8 million restoration scheme. The scheme aims to restore the building to its “former Edwardian glory”.

Image courtesy of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay