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