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 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.”