New pylon design competition winner announced

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A T-shaped pylon design has been named as the winner in a £5,000 competition to find the next generation of electricity pylons.

Created by Danish engineering firm Bystrup, the T-Pylon beat off a field of 250 entires all aiming to replace the familiar "triangle" design.

As a result the National Grid will now work with Bystrup to develop their T-Pylon design further -- the first major pylon update since the 1920s.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: "This is an innovative design which is simple, classical and practical. Its ingenious structure also means that it will be much shorter and smaller than existing pylons and therefore less intrusive."

Nick Winser, executive director, National Grid, added: "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.

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Royal Institute of British Architects     
Department of Energy and Climate Change   

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