This is what the site of West Cumbria's proposed new nuclear power station could look like.

NuGen has run two contests for designers to come up with their vision for several buildings at the development, at Moorside, near Sellafield, including a visitor centre and worker accommodation.

These were run through two separate organisations the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute. The first of these has focussed on the site's buildings while the latter has been about the overall layout of the area.

Each body has chosen five finalists for their own competitions.

The shortlists have been selected by independent panel of experts - including Sir Terry Farrell, who designed the iconic MI6 building in London and Paul Tiplady, former chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority - and the public has now been invited to give their views.

NuGen chief executive, Tom Samson, said: “We have had an overwhelming response to the competition, both in terms of numbers and the level of creativity in the designs. 

“The architecture and landscape community have embraced the challenge and have delivered some thoughtful, considered and visually breath-taking proposals for our Moorside Project. We’ve narrowed the entries down to five - but we’re very keen to hear what the public think of our selection.”

The designs can be seen at and

Anyone who wants to comment should email and include ‘Design Competition’ in the subject field.

These designs will also be available to view at the company's consultation events, which are being held at several locations around the county. For full details go to

A date for a final decision on the winning design, which will be selected by a panel, has not yet been set. The successful entrant will be given the contract to work with NuGen and will then invoice the company for £5,000 of prize money.