In 2011 National Grid, together with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), launched a competition to see what a future generation transmission pylon might look like.
The winning entry was the T-Pylon design by Danish architects Bystrup. It appeared to offer the best combination of mechanical strength and practicality.
The competition was just a starting point.
Now, the drawings and models need to be developed into a working pylon that can operate in the unique conditions found in the UK. This presents a significant engineering and design challenge – how to deliver an effective solution that respects both the original concept and the landscape where the new pylon will be placed.
This blog will share information and updates from the project team on how we are turning Bystrup’s vision into a pylon that will become familiar to us all.