Moorside Landscape Design Competition

As part of its commitment to good design, NuGen is looking for the most creative and sustainable design ideas for the screening mounds, which will provide the setting for Moorside Power Station.

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NuGen Ltd, a UK nuclear company, recognises that major investment is required in the UK to respond to the dual challenges of securing future energy supplies and achieving reductions in CO2 emission. In 2009, NuGen secured an option to purchase land on the West Cumbrian coast from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and in 2011, the UK government confirmed through its National Policy Statement, that NuGen’s site was suitable for a new nuclear power station.


Moorside Power Station Project

On 1 December 2011 NuGen announced that the name it had selected for its project was Moorside. Moorside was chosen following a selection process taking into account local opinions, and the need for a robust project name that reflects local identity and regional aspirations.

Moorside is building on Cumbria’s long and distinguished history as the UK’s nuclear heartland; NuGen recognises the region has been at the forefront of the global nuclear industry for more than 60 years – and still leads in nuclear innovation, expertise and professionalism.


Europe's Largest Nuclear Construction Project

NuGen plans to build three Westinghouse AP1000® reactors on site, making Moorside Power Station Europe’s largest new nuclear construction project and it is estimated that up to 60% of the Moorside project could be accessible to the UK supply chain.


Creative & Sustainable Design

As part of the project’s future development, NuGen has decided to launch two international design competitions. One is for design concepts for the key buildings, open to architects; the other, open to landscape architects, is for design concepts for important elements and features of the landscape scheme, including significant earth bunds and mounds. The winning designs will go on to be developed as part of a future landscape masterplan, with the mounds forming an integral part of the setting of Moorside Power Station.

The mounds are a highly-important factor in the design and development of the site. The construction of Moorside will involve deep excavations in order to reach suitable bed rock foundation conditions for the siting of the reactors. Together with excavation and levelling activities required to create a clear and level site, a large amount of earth will need to be moved around the Moorside ‘Search Area’ for these purposes, and used as part of both the temporary and permanent works such as flat construction laydown areas and screening mounds.

Efforts will be made to re-use as much excavated material as possible within the Moorside Search Area, subject to use suitability, visual impact and amenity (NuGen intends to make approximately 100ha of the 200ha site accessible to the public).

As part of its commitment to good design, NuGen is therefore looking for the most creative and sustainable design ideas for the screening mounds.


The competition is held in two stages


Submission & Assessment

Design teams are asked to submit concept designs anonymously. A judging panel will assess the submitted designs and shortlist to five teams. These five teams will be requested to produce detailed designs for evaluation


Shortlisting & Presenting

The judging panel will select a winning team from the five shortlisted teams.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to present their designs to the judging panel.


For the Competition

Chartered members of the Landscape Institute

Members of equivalent international regulatory authorities.

No member or employee of the promoting body, the judging panel, or any partner, close associate or employee of them is eligible to compete or assist a competitor


For the Competition

08 & 09 February 2016, Site Visits (Booking Required)

Wednesday 10 February 2016, Deadline for Questions

Wednesday 17 February 2016, Response to Questions issued

5 pm on Friday February 26th 2016, Deadline for Stage 1 submission

W/C Monday 14 March 2016, Assessment of Stage 1 Designs

W/C Monday 14 March 2016, Shortlist notified

W/C Monday 14 March , Stage two brief issued

Monday 4 April, Stage two submissions deadline

Tuesday 12 April 2016, Final interviews/Presentations

W/C Monday 11 April , Results announced to entrants

May 2016, Public announcement of winner

The Main Site can be accessed from existing Sustrans Route 72.

The Moorside Site is on the west coast of Cumbria, adjacent to Sellafield.


For the Competition

  • Sir Terry Farrell – Architect and Town Planner
  • Tom Samson – Chief Executive of NuGen
  • Paul Tiplady CMLI – Landscape Architect, Town Planner and Formerly Chief Executive of Lake District National Park Authority
  • Carly Tinkler CMLI – Carly Tinkler Environmental, Landscape and Colour Consultancy
  • Kate Bailey CMLI – Landscape Architect and Town Planner
  • Peter Shepherd – Ecologist
  • Kirsty Gogan – Expert in Climate and Energy Communications
  • Bart Volbrecht – Chief Nuclear Officer NuGen
  • Esa Heiskanen – Director of Project Development & Deputy Chief Executive NuGen


Facilitators will include Krishanthi Carfrae CMLI MRTPI and Gideon Amos RIBA MRTPI from NuGen. RIBA Competitions representatives will attend the assessments to document the competition process and provide procedural support.

In the event of a Judging Panel member being unable to continue to act through illness or any other cause, NuGen, in consultation with the RIBA, reserves the right to appoint an alternative Panel member.


Shortlisted teams will be provided with feedback from Phase 1 and asked to further develop their concept designs. Competitors will be required to demonstrate, as far as possible, the deliverability and viability of their design, and will be invited to attend an interview with the Judging Panel to discuss their concepts further.

The shortlisted five entries will be used during NuGen’s Stage 2 consultation as examples of how the mounds and other features may look in their finished form. Designs will be displayed anonymously, and details will be confirmed to shortlisted practices at stage two.


For shortlisted design teams


£5,000 honorarium to produce detailed designs

Shortlisted design teams will be paid an honorarium of £5,000 to produce detailed designs and complete a PQQ and ITT.


Winner commissioned by NuGen

It is intended that the winning team will be engaged by NuGen to develop, take forward and implement their proposals. The winning team’s honorarium will be an advance on their professional fees.

The ownership of copyright in the work of all the competitors will be in accordance with the Copyright and Patent Act 1988, that is, copyright rests with the author.


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The Competition is hosted by NuGen and is run by the Landscape Institute.

NuGen, is a UK nuclear company, and a joint venture between Toshiba and Engie. NuGen combines the strengths of its two parent companies – two strong multinational companies with reputations for operational and engineering excellence, combined with comprehensive experience and expertise in the energy sector and over 350,000 employees worldwide.

NuGen’s nuclear reactor technology provider is Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba, and a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world’s operating nuclear plants, including more than 50 percent of those in Europe.

The Landscape Institute is the professional body and regulator for landscape architecture. Under its Royal Charter the Landscape Institute is charged with protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public.


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