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.