Brace of contests for Cumbria job

Two £25,000 design competitions have been launched for Europe’s largest nuclear power station.

The RIBA and the Landscape Institute have been asked to organise contests for the new Moorside power station at Sellafield in west Cumbria.

The judges include Terry Farrell and Simon Hudspith.

“This competition is a world-first for a nuclear development,” said Tom Samson, chief executive of NuGen, the operator, which is planning to build three reactors on the site.

The intention is to “create iconic designs and a positive legacy”, he added.

The RIBA-run competition will seek designs for a masterplan and a number of buildings including a visitor centre and an accommodation block.

The landscape contest, which also carries £25,000 prize money, seeks creative and sustainable solutions for the buildings’ setting and ideas for using excavated material to screen the site.

A shortlist will be announced with a view to signing contracts with the winning architect and landscape architect.

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