National Grid picks Brit firm to make new T-Pylons

National Grid has picked UK manufacturer Mabey Bridge to make the base for its new pylons. The firm will make six prototypes for National Grid’s Eakring Training Academy. Mabey Bridge […]

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By Vicky Ellis

National Grid has picked UK manufacturer Mabey Bridge to make the base for its new pylons.

The firm will make six prototypes for National Grid’s Eakring Training Academy.

Mabey Bridge described it as a “vote of confidence” for British manufacturing.

The T-pylon design was picked after an international competition run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Royal Institute of British Architects and National Grid.

The competition received 250 designs from across the world and was eventually won by Copenhagen-based engineering design practice Bystrup.

The new design is a single T-shaped pole, with arms which hold the wires (conductors) in a diamond shape.