T-pylon of the future


London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — October 17, 2011 – The T-Pylon design by Danish company Bystrup Architecture, design & engineering has been judged the winning design in a competition run by Britain’s Department of Energy & Climate Change, National Grid, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The competition was aimed at bringing forward new and creative approaches to an electric pylon model, which has barely changed since the 1920s, and attracted more than 250 entries.
National Grid’s executive director Nick Winser explains that the T-Pylon design with a single suspension arm carrying three conductors has the potential to be a real improvement on the traditional steel lattice tower design, being shorter and lighter and with a simplicity that would fit into the landscape more easily. In addition, the design of the electrical components is genuinely innovative and exciting.

National Grid will now work with Bystrup to develop the T-Pylon design further. In addition National Grid wants to do further work with two other entries – the Silhouette design by Ian Ritchie Associates and the Totem design by New Town Studio – as these have strong visual appeal and characteristics that could work well in different landscapes.

There are more than 88,000 pylons in the U.K., including 22,000 on National Grid’s main transmission network in England and Wales. These stand some 50 metres high and weigh around 30 tonnes. Many new pylons will be needed in the future.