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Video: Original competition judges visit Bystrup's T-pylon

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The judges, who selected the Bystrup-designed T-pylon as the winner of the 2011 RIBA-backed contest, have visited the new design in Nottinghamshire

Drawn up by Danish-based practice Bystrup, six of the new T-pylons have been installed in Nottinghamshire as a traning line at the National Grid’s academy. They are being used for development before the new pylons are installed on transmission lines.

The original jury and Erik Bystrup visited the site to see the pylons strung up for the first time. Watch their reactions in this video.

Standing at 35m-tall, the designs are up to one third shorter than the traditional steel lattice pylon. The new pylons also have just eight structural components making them quicker and easier to install.

Judge Ruth Reed who was RIBA president at the time of the competition, said it was a fantastic to see the full sized pylons. ‘I do like the fact that they are lower, very slender and look so elegant. For me it was one of the most important competitions of my year as President because it has resulted in such an important design becoming a reality.’

Pylon designer Erik Bystrup, added that he was delighted to hear the judges’ comments. ‘When people look at new designs like this, something instantly happens in their heads…. Do I like it or do dislike it?  I’m convinced that people are going to like the new design.’

Bystrup won the RIBA-run competition in 2011, seeing off competition from Amanda Levete Architects, Gustafson Porter, Ian Ritchie Architects, New Town Studio and Knight Architects.


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