Global contest to design west Cumbria power plant site

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Artist's impression of the Westinghouse AP1000 design
Artist's impression of the Westinghouse AP1000 design
30 January 2016 10:56AM

A GLOBAL search has started to find the people to design a new nuclear power plant.

NuGen has launched a competition to create a vision for its proposed site at Moorside, near Sellafield.

It is the first time this kind of competition has been staged in the nuclear industry.

It is split into two sections. One, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, is open to all qualified architects and seeks imaginative designs for the site including a visitor centre, an accommodation block and masterplan.

The second, for landscape architects and run by the Landscape Institute, aims to find the most creative and sustainable solutions for providing the setting for the Moorside development.

NuGen chief executive Tom Samson said: “NuGen wants to deliver the very best possible project for the people of Cumbria and is working with RIBA and LI to access their extensive network and ensure that we attract the very best design professionals to provide an iconic design and a positive legacy for years to come.”

 Jamie Reed

Jamie Reed

Copeland MP Jamie Reed welcomed the idea and said: "The community worked hard to attract nuclear new-build to the region, and it’s only right that the project will benefit from having the best possible design.

“Moorside will be transformational for Copeland. I am confident our best days are ahead of us and this initiative will help deliver an iconic building, landscape and a lasting legacy that the region can be proud of.”

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Brian   Hendricks , Charlotte, NC USA Tuesday, 16 February, 2016 at 4:22PM
WECTEC here in Charlotte NC USA has quality design staff that designs intelligent 3D & 4D Site Specific models that tie to the AP1000 plants. We are experienced with our Nuclear New Build here in the USA design/building the VC Summer and Vogtle Projects. Our 3D models have been award winning globally and awards were accepted in London Uk in 2013
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Peter   Smith , Barnstaple, Devon Sunday, 31 January, 2016 at 12:41PM
Anyoneout there any good at designing pretty nuclear follies!!
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Paul   Irving , Carlisle Saturday, 30 January, 2016 at 12:03PM
Thisis just wrong, we are been railroaded including into the building of a new fast breeder nuclear power station with all the inherent safety and waste problems such a build will bring, we can't cope with existing waste let alone more. It will also be built on flood prone land, which is far from clever given the changes we are seeing in our weather. The Germans have seen the light and are sensibly moving away from nuclear power. It is not the right road to take and will not provide cheap or plentiful power nor is it green power and we will be paying the costs for years to a foreign company as they have been promised a certain return for building it. Tidal, Solar, Wind and other renewables are the he way forward. It seems that jobs and lining energy companies pockets are more important than doing the right thing.
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