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Five shortlisted for Moorside landscape

Five landscape schemes have been shortlisted in the /LI-run competition for landscape, along with five architects in a parallel RIBA competition for Moorside power station in West Cumbria as reported in January here.

The landscape brief was to devise creative and sustainable solutions for screening mounds for the development – the largest nuclear power station in Europe.

Five architects and five landscape architects have now been selected. On the landscape shortlist are:

Cumbria Water Park: People, Place, Land and Sea – Iteriad, Stephenson Halliday and Charles and Lily Jencks supported by Atkins Engineers
A community waterpark celebrating the landscape of the Lake District while telling the story of energy through water, nature and art. ‘The Cumbria Water Park masterplan integrates built elements and sculptural landforms with the landscape and helps to balance the scale of the power station with its surroundings.’

Moorside Park: Aecom Infrastructure and Environment 
‘A 21st century park that responds to the genius loci through the use of undulating and dramatic topography incorporating tarns, woodland and becks within a contemporary recreational and functional landscape. The design will incorporate large scale habitat creation.’

Moorside Discovery Park: One Creative Environments
‘A dramatic, fun and educational destination. Undulating earthworks ripple across the landscape whilst huge, circular mounds, representing the splitting of atoms, rise above. The largest mound will house the Discovery Visitor Centre, freecycle café, farm shop and activity centre while a large, open-air amphitheatre hosts concerts, events and presentations.’ Two prisms will cast a rainbow over the site.

Kest Field: Estell Warren 
‘A chain of large scale ridges, with steeper, coastal-facing edges and gentler inland slopes would be formed across the two mound sites. This distinctive topography would provide screening value and would also create a wide variety of microclimate and aspect … reflecting the gradual change from sea to inland environment.’

Sleeping Beauty: HEPLA in association with HarrisonStevens
A series of fluted interlocking landforms echoing the glacial landscape and incorporating vernacular elements such as stone walls, red sandstone and thorn trees. ‘It will encompass visitor spaces, public footpaths, look outs, science gardens, foci for outdoor study, amphitheatres for performance; set within a framework of woodlands, wildflower pastures, and a diversity of semi‐natural habitats, mosses, watercourses and tarns.’ It aims to create a fairy-tale like sense of mystery and drama.

NuGen is keen to receive public feedback on the designs and will consider commissioning the winning architect and landscape architect. For more details on all of the landcape entries and to leave your comments, see competition website. Architecure and masterplanning entries can be seen open design competition website

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