Landscape design competition planned for Moorside nuclear development

Landscape architects and designers from across the globe are being asked to come up with ideas for Europe's largest new nuclear power station, at NuGen's Moorside site in West Cumbria.

Moorside nuclear plant planned near Sellafield site in Cumbria. Image: Sellafield Ltd
Moorside nuclear plant planned near Sellafield site in Cumbria. Image: Sellafield Ltd

NuGen is developing plans to build three AP1000 reactors next to Sellafield Site, with an aim of generating up to 3.6GW of electricity, equivalent to seven per cent of the UK's requirements. The company has commissioned two design competitions - each with a prize fund of £25,000 – aimed at creating iconic designs at Moorside.

One of the competitions, run by RIBA, will be open to all qualified architects and will seek designs for various buildings including a visitor centre, accommodation block and 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 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.

A shortlist will be selected to progress through the procurement process with the view of placing contracts for architect and landscape architect support to NuGen. Designs will be chosen by an independent panel of experts, including architect Sir Terry Farrell, former chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority Paul Tiplady, and landscape architect Kate Bailey.

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, welcomed the competition and said Moorside would be "transformative" for the area.

Further details of the design competition are available at The deadline for Stage 1 submissions is 26 February, with site visits to be held on 8 and 9 February.

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