Britain’s new pylons revealed

A new design for the UK’s electricity pylons has been decided. The Pylon Design competition was launched on 23 May and after being whittled down to six finalists, the Bystrup […]

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By Tom Gibson

A new design for the UK’s electricity pylons has been decided. The Pylon Design competition was launched on 23 May and after being whittled down to six finalists, the Bystrup T-Pylon design was deemed most suitable for the UK landscape.

Pylons in the UK haven’t changed in design since the 1920s, and with many more likely to be built in the coming decades the Department of Energy and Climate Change wanted this done “in the most beautiful way possible.”

National Grid is now set to work with Bystrup to develop their T-Pylon design further. Nick Winser, executive director at National Grid, said the winning design was less of an eyesore: “In the T-Pylon we have a design that has the potential to be a real improvement on the steel lattice tower. It’s shorter, lighter and the simplicity of the design means it would fit into the landscape more easily. In addition, the design of the electrical components is genuinely innovative and exciting.

National Grid has also said it wants to do further work with Ian Ritchie Associates on their Silhouette design, and New Town Studio’s Totem design.