Pretty pylons for future power

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We mighty be edging towards a wireless future, but electricity still has to find a way around the country and it might as well look good while doing it.

Danish firm Bystrup’s innovative T-Pylon design has judged as the winner of the Pylon Design competition run by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, National Grid, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The innovative T-shaped design is much easier on the eye than the traditional steel lattice structures that currently hang the wires around the UK. Much smaller in height its impact on the landscape and the amount of materials needed for construction is greatly reduced – all made possible by a single suspension arm carrying three conductors.

“This is an innovative design which is simple, classical and practical,” bluffed Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, while clutching a borrowed copy of Field Guide to Danish Design. “Its ingenious structure also means that it will be much shorter and smaller than existing pylons and therefore less intrusive.

“This competition has been a great success in bringing forward new and creative approaches to a pylon model which has not changed since the 1920s.We are going to need a lot more pylons over the next few years to connect new energy to our homes and businesses and it is important that we do this is in the most beautiful way possible.”


This comes as a result of 250 entries and 6 finalists, which were featured at the London Design Festival to much public interest.