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A competition to decide the design of future electricity pylons that will cover the UK’s countryside will display the six finalists in the V&A museum next week. Energy Secretary Chris […]

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By Tom Gibson

A competition to decide the design of future electricity pylons that will cover the UK’s countryside will display the six finalists in the V&A museum next week.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will open the display ‘A Pylon for the Future’, and will discuss the design challenges facing the UK energy sector revamp over the next40 years.

Two hundred and fifty designs were submitted and have been cut down to just six finalists, who have been working with organisers, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and National Grid to build scale models of their designs.

The competition aims to explore the relationship between energy infrastructure and the environment it is located. The design must be practical but also balance the needs of local communities and preserve the beauty of the countryside.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: “We must make sure that we take into account the visual impact on the landscape and also the view of the public, and this is what the Pylon Design Competition is all about. I think that people will be impressed by the quality of these designs and I hope everyone takes the time to get involved and give their view.”

The public are invited to comment on the designs at the V&A and through the competition website (https://www.ribapylondesign.com/) until5 October2011.The winner will be announced later that month and will receive a prize fund of £10,000.

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