DECC reveals Pylon design competition winner

The winner has been revealed in a government-backed competition to rethink the design of electricity pylons.

T-Pylon: National Grid will now work with designers to push the design forward.
T-Pylon: National Grid will now work with designers to push the design forward.

Danish architects Bystrup’s T-Pylon design was unanimously agreed by the judging panel as the winner of the Pylon Design Competition, which was run by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, National Grid, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

National Grid will now work with Bystrup to develop their T-Pylon design further. 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.

The winner will also receive £5,000 prize money and the five other finalists will each receive £1,000.

RIBA past president Ruth Reed: "The potential to reduce the size and height of pylons and consequently their impact on the landscape and the amount of materials in their construction, made this scheme a clear winner for me.

"The radical design of a single suspension arm carrying three conductors is simple and understated. Whilst there should still be the opportunity for statement designs where they are appropriate, this radical solution is a quantum leap forward for the design of the thousands of pylons needed in the years to come."

A slideshow of the other shortlised designs can be viewed in the player above.

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