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Shortlisted entries in Cumbrian nuclear power station contest unveiled

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Reiach and Hall Architects and William Matthews Associates are among the six finalist teams in the RIBA’s competition for Cumbria’s £10 billion Moorside nuclear power station

FaulknerBrowns Architects, Graeme Massie Architects, K2 Architects and CF.Architects complete the shortlist for the high-profile contest which launched in January.

The full shortlist

  • FaulknerBrowns Architects
  • Graeme Massie Architects
  • Reiach and Hall Architects
  • William Matthews Associates
  • CF.Architects
  • K2 Architects

Backed by plant operator NuGen, the RIBA competition sought ideas for the 200 hectare site’s visitor centre, office block, workers’ accommodation and masterplan.

Yesterday NuGen confirmed that the plant would be delayed by at least a year, with the first reactor on the site next to Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing site not now expected to be fully operational until 2025.

The 3.6GW triple-reactor – designed by Scott Brownrigg – will produce almost seven per cent of the UK’s total electricity needs when it comes online. Around 4,000 new homes, a railway station, health centre and other amenities will be delivered to cater for the plant’s workforce.

A separate competition – organised by the Landscape Institute (LI) – was also launched in January to find ‘creative and sustainable’ proposals for the controversial facility’s surroundings.

The five shortlisted teams in the LI contest are Iteriad with Stephenson Halliday and Charles and Lily Jencks; Aecom; One Creative Environments; Estell Warren; and HEPLA.

The two competitions each have a £20,000 prize fund and the winning architect and landscape architect will each receive £5,000 and a chance to bid for work on the scheme.

Judges in the RIBA contest include Samson, Terry Farrell, Simon Hudspith of Panter Hudspith Architects and former Lake District National Park Authority chief executive Paul Tiplady.

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