Design contest is for Europe’s largest nuclear power station

Nuclear competition invites architects and landscape architects to apply

NuGen’s Moorside Power station in West Cumbria will benefit from ‘hothouse design ideas’ in a creative competition involving members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute (LI).

NuGen, which is developing plans to build three AP1000® reactors next to the Sellafield site, has commissioned two competitions – each with a prize fund of £25,000 – with the aim of creating an iconic design.

The first-of-a-kind competitions will reward creativity in building design and landscape of the Moorside site and associated developments, to create a positive lasting legacy for the region.

One of the competitions, run by RIBA, will be open to all chartered architects and RIBA-registered practices and will seek designs for an office block and a visitor centre for the main site along with worker accommodation and a masterplan.

The other competition, for landscape architects, will be run by the LI and seeks the best creative and sustainable solutions for providing the setting for the screening the Moorside development.  It is envisaged that significant arisings of excavated material from the construction of the main development will be used to generate screening and provide a permanent amenity for the local communities. The competition will be open to all chartered landscape architects and LI-registered practices.

Following the competition, NuGen will look to contract with the winning architect and landscape architect to develop the winning designs – which will be selected by an independent panel of experts, including architect Sir Terry Farrell.

NuGen’s head of planning, Ian Shrubsall, said: ‘NuGen wants to deliver the very best possible project for the people of Cumbria and are working with RIBA and the LI to access their extensive network and ensure that we attract the very best design professionals.’

NuGen’s CEO, Tom Samson, said: ‘Moorside presents an unrivalled opportunity for West Cumbria – so it’s only right that we look to the country’s best architects and landscape architects to help us deliver a project that is iconic, provides a positive legacy for years to come.’

The two competitions will close on 19 February, with the winner being announced on Wednesday 27 April 2016.


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