Next-gen pylon to be made in UK

UK steel maker Mabey Bridge is to build the support towers for a new generation of pylon structures that could be rolled out across the UK network. The contract awarded by National Grid is for the first six T-shape pylons that are due to be trialled at a test facility in Nottinghamshire.

The new electricity pylon designs marks a departure from the traditional lattice structures that currently dot the British countryside.

The designs for the T-pylons were decided as part of a competition organised by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Royal Institute of British Architects and National Grid. The new design is a single pole with T-shaped cross arms which hold wires and conductors in a diamond shape. The layout means the pylon can stand at a height of just 35m about 10 to 15m shorter existing lattice towers.

Mark Coia, managing director of Mabey Bridge, said: "We are extremely proud to manufacture these exciting new electricity pylon designs for National Grid.

"We look forward to working with National Grid over the coming years as the prototype of the T-Pylon design is developed further to support Britain's electricity grid."

Justin Cunningham

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