Atkins has won a key role on the landmark project to create tidal power in Wales.
Power firm Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay appointed the consultant for its proposed 320MW Swansea Bay project.
The Planning Inspectorate is considering Tidal Lagoon Power’s application for a 9.5km sea wall and renewable energy plant in South Wales.
Atkins will provide design and engineering support, including producing outline designs for the breakwater, turbine house and ancillary works, along with site supervision, auditing and technical checking services.
Work on the project could begin on site next spring, with power projected to be connected to the National Grid by 2018.
Mike McNicholas, managing director of Atkins’ UK design and engineering business, said: “This is a major civil engineering project which combines a wide range of disciplines from building services, power and architecture to structural and marine engineering. It is a world first and something which will make a positive difference to people in the UK and possibly wider afield.
“As designers and engineers, these are the things that make us get out of bed in the morning and it’s great to be part of the team.”
Tidal Lagoon Power said earlier this year that it wants Welsh construction companies to play a major role in the construction project.