Teams are vying to create screening landscapes

Shortlisted teams revealed for Moorside power station

NuGen, developer of the Moorside nuclear power station, has revealed the five shortlisted teams that it has selected in a competition run with the LI.

One of two competitions run for the project (the other was architectural), it  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 shortlisted teams are as follows:

HEPLA – Sleeping Beauty

The design celebrates the character of western Cumbria, creating a series of fluted interlocking
landforms, with waterbodies between, reminiscent of the kames, drumlins and kettle‐holes evident
in this glaciated landscape.

The landforms will incorporate elements drawn from the local vernacular of stone walls, wind‐swept
thorn trees and the delightfully warm local red sandstone, creating a flexible landscape, rich in
diversity and opportunity.

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.

The design addresses the interface between the publicly accessible space to the north and the
secure energy landscape to the south. The proposal creates a sense of mystery and drama, drawing inspiration from the fairy tale of a hidden castle surrounded by a forest of trees, shielding it from the outside world.

Iteriad with Stephenson Halliday – Cumbria Atom Water Park

This park celebrates the relationship of the dramatic landscape of Cumbria with the story of nuclear energy, using water as the catalyst.  The force of the energy that created the powerful mountain scenery and cascading waterfalls, indeed even the colourful red coastline, paralles the power of natural energy.

This design combines these parallel stories. It creates large-scale, sculptural landforms that present and represent the basics of nuclear power and the beauty and excitement of energetic cascades, the Cumbrian coastline and the Lake District fells.

The masterplan integrates built structures with the landscape and balances the scale of the power station with its surroundings, whilst the Cumbria Atom Water Park creates a public interface between the nuclear industry and landscape. It fuses contemporary site engineering with sustainable landscape design.

One Creative Environments – Moorside Discovery Park


Inspired by nature and nuclear power, Discovery Park will be 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 – Spectrum Fell – at the heart of the site, will house Discovery Visitor Centre, while a single inverted cone acts as a large, open-air amphitheatre for concerts and events.

Arching over everything, a vast man-made rainbow represents the phenomena of the natural world. Two large prisms create a rainbow measuring 1,933 metres – 1933 also being the year that Szilárd realised the concept of nuclear chain reaction.

The rainbow effect will be carried into the planting echoing the colours of the spectrum, as well as hundreds of small prisms scattered over the hillside. The entire park will provide an ecological environment that perfectly combines the wonders of science, nature and art.

AECOM Infrastructure and Environment – Moorside Park

Landform sculpting on this scale and in this context represents a unique opportunity to create 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 landscape will locally echo the glacial landscape of the wider area using a ‘swarm’ of drumlins as a strong, playful, versatile landform concept with multiple uses including biodiversity.

The aim is for the parkland landform and landscape to become a visitor destination, attracting visitors to an exciting setting for a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities, passive and active, for construction workers, educational bodies, tourists and the local community.

The approach to the smaller site is to re-profile the landform to appear as natural as possible.

The park will provide employment opportunities through the management and maintenance and operation of the facilities with revenue generation from events to contribute to its running.

Estell Warren – Kest Field

Kest Field is a flexible idea based on local, traditional earth bank and hedge field boundaries and the steep edges that have formed along the now infilled pre-glacial valley of the River Ehen.  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 micro climate and aspect, supporting a range of naturalistic habitats ranging from coastal grassland, wetlands, scrub and meadows and woodland, reflecting the gradual change from sea to inland environment.  Within this naturalistic framework, community activities, tourism and small business uses would then take place.

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