Moorside Nuclear Campus Masterplan, Cumbria
The Moorside project aims to develop a new generation nuclear power station of up to 3.8 gigawatts gross capacity, generating clean, low carbon electricity from a sustainable source equivalent to 7 per cent of the UK’s electricity requirements.
There is a long and continuing relationship between architecture, engineering and industrial process in Britain. This ‘productive architecture’ has not only diversified in scale and typology but also become ‘cleaner’ with advances in low carbon processes. The architectural vision for Moorside demonstrates an aesthetic appeal and functional clarity which ensures that the visual impact of the project avoids the confused and often ‘ad hoc’ layout that can occur with large infrastructure developments, particularly in sensitive rural settings. Sustainability has also been a key driver of the masterplanning with movement and transport of operational staff, construction workers and materials to the main site and associated development intended to be by rail and sea.
As the construction, operation and decommissioning lifespan of a nuclear power station may last a century, the impact of technology on its real estate may in some cases be transformational. We have considered future scenarios such as greater automation including greater use of robots in day-to-day operations. Attention has also been paid to the arrangement of space between buildings and design of landscape surrounding the site to promote workplace wellbeing and community engagement in science and nature.