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  • The T-pylon @ Eakring: The new T-pylon is a third shorter than traditional pylons. The first T-pylons in the UK will be constructed at the Academy, National Grid’s training centre in Eakring.
    • Project description

    • We’re aiming to develop a line of six new T-pylons, connecting wires, an access road, paved areas for maintenance purposes and a new storage building and classroom. Part of our proposal also involves diverting the Robin Hood Way where it crosses the route of the T-pylon. This part of the development requires a separate application which is considered by Nottinghamshire County Council.

      The new T-pylon design was the winner of an international competition held in 2011 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) alongside the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and National Grid.

      Launched to help identify what the next generation of pylon might look like, the competition attracted 250 entries from around the world. The T-pylon design, from Danish architects Bystrup, was judged to be the winner as it was considered to be attractive, innovative and a simple design that was likely to blend into different landscapes while still offering the required structural performance.

      Importantly, the new design is also around 10 metres shorter than the traditional ‘lattice’ towers, which are based on an original design dating back to the 1920s.

      National Grid is now working to make the T-pylon a reality and, in May this year, received planning consent to build the new T-pylon test line at the National Grid Overhead Training Centre in Eakring, Nottinghamshire.
    • Latest update

    • National Grid is now developing and testing the design, refining it to a point where the T-pylon can be offered alongside other connection options when developing new transmission circuits. Prototypes have been developed and tested in Denmark and the mechanical testing of suspension and tension pylons has informed the final design of the pylons to be installed in Eakring. 

      As well as considering construction, installation and maintenance aspects of the T-pylon design, National Grid engineers are also working alongside experts from Manchester and Cardiff Universities to ensure we understand the electrical impact of the T-pylon on the transmission system.

    • Further information

    • More information on this project can be found on our dedicated T-Pylon blog.