What are these architects on? Talking about Moorside, a de-luxe henhouse for contented hens in Moscow or a tattoo parlour in Zagreb? When architects start to wax lyrical about the design of NuGen’s Moorside project it becomes obvious that they should do their profession a major favour and stick to designing new hospitals, public toilets and strange shaped skyscrapers. In case you missed it, architects Scott Br…ownrigg recently published (28th April) their ‘Masterplan’ on the design of Moorside in the Architect’s Journal and on their website. And who exactly are these architects Scott Brownrigg ? It’s probably enough to know that whilst the firm has offices worldwide in places such as Moscow, Zagreb and Singapore, the nearest they get to a whiff of West Cumbria are the offices in Guilford and Aldershot in the leafy south. Not only that, the firm’s ‘visioning’ commission on Moorside, drawn up its Advanced Technologies arm is apparently headed by director Iain Macdonald who is described ‘as an expert in nuclear energy who has worked on the new European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) at Hinkley Point’. Enough said – the glowing testimonial says it all.
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