New generation of electricity pylons in harmony with the landscape

UK new generation electricity pylonsElectricity pylons that span across the UK are to get a makeover, meeting the needs of local communities and the environment, and blending into the landscape.

The current steel lattice design towering some 50 m high was chosen in 1927 by leading architect of the day Sir Reginald Blomfield and has changed little since then.

National Grid says that it will consider the visual impact of new electricity lines on the British countryside – giving “serious consideration” to the new designs, as well as putting electricity lines underground where feasible and re-routing lines.

These are the finalists in a competition to design the next generation of electricity pylons:

  • “Silhouette” by Ian Ritchie Architects and Jane Wernick Associates;
  • “T-Pylon” by Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering;
  • “Y-Pylon” by Knight Architects with Roughan & O’Donavon, and ESB International in association with MEGA;
  • “Flower Tower” by Gustafson Porter with Atelier One and Pfisterer;
  • “Plexus” by Al-A with Arup;
  • “Totem” by New Town Studio with Structure Workshop.

See all the photos at TheGuardian, more info at Energy Efficiency News, or a video on BBC