The project, led by Bio Energy Investments, will generate enough power for 50,000 homes and will save 140,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually through the use of carbon neutral woodchip.
Project director Matthew Day said: ‘Teesside is building a reputation as one of the leading producers of green energy in Britain and we needed an ambitious design team capable of understanding and responding to the practical complexities of the project.
‘The studio has brought a level of design and artistic thinking rarely associated with this typology of building and we are looking forward to working with the local community in developing the plans.’
The community is this week reviewing the plans for the site. Following consultation with public and planners, the aim is to submit a planning application at the end of the year.
The River Tees will also house another £200 million biomass power station from Gaia Power and designed by URS. This project was granted planning permission earlier this year and construction will start in 2010.