Energy Secretary Chris Huhne unveiled designs for the UK’s future electricity pylons at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The “Pylon for the Future” display forms part of the London Design Festival and is open to the public until 05 October 2011.
National Grid’s Executive Director UK, Nick Winser said: “Connecting Britain’s new power stations to our homes and businesses will be one of the great infrastructure challenges of the next decade and beyond. Through the use of new technology, pylon design, extensive consultation and undergrounding where appropriate, our new approach will ensure we consider very seriously the visual impact of new transmission lines.”
The finalists are: Silhouette by Ian Ritchie Architects and Jane Wernick Associates; T-Pylon by Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering; Y-Pylon by Knight Architects with Roughan & O’Donavon, and ESB International in association with MEGA; Flower Tower by Gustafson Porter with Atelier One, and Pfisterer; Plexus by Al-A with Arup; Totem by New Town Studio, with Structure Workshop.
A prize fund of £10,000 will be shared amongst the winning candidates and National Grid will give consideration to developing the winning design for use in future projects.