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Preferred bidder named for part of Swansea Lagoon project

Credit: Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc

Laing O’Rourke has been named as preferred bidder for the ~£200M contract to deliver the lagoon’s 410 metre turbine house and sluice structure block.

Developers say this part of the project will require up to 500 workers at peak construction, a substantial number of whom will be local to South Wales. Concrete, reinforcing and other materials will also be sourced locally.

Laing O’Rourke has named Arup as its lead design and engineering partner for the contract.

Announcing that Laing O’Rourke is joining the team is a major step forward for the project. As preferred bidder, their contribution over the next few months alongside General Electric and Andritz Hydro will be invaluable in preparing for delivery on site in 2016

– Andrew McNaughton, Tidal Lagoon Power

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Mumbles among most expensive for UK seaside homes

Mumbles in South Wales is among the most expensive seaside towns in the UK outside southern England, figures have revealed.

An average property there has a value of £271,349.

Coastline at Mumbles - among the most expensive seaside towns in the UK. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A survey of house prices in 196 seaside towns across the country by Halifax found that houses in Salcombe are the most costly, with a typical value of £672,874.

The least expensive is Port Bannatyne in Scotland, where a property will set you back £73,539 on average.

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Ex-Labour minister says party is in 'deepest crisis'

The former Labour minister Kim Howells has said his party is in the deepest crisis he can remember.

Former Labour minister Kim Howells. Credit: ITV News

Speaking on the radio this morning, the ex-Pontypridd MP said the party 'lacks radical thinking'.

Mr Howells also said most of the creative thinking is 'coming from the right.'

He warned that Labour would become a 'small and unimportant party' if changes aren't made.

I think the problem is that it was unmitigated gloom, and that unmitigated gloom that Miliband promulgated was because nobody is thinking in a radical way within the Labour Party.

It's dull, it's boring it doesn't inspire anyone and that's because they've stopped thinking about what kind of society they want in the future.

– Kim Howells
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