Watch Bystrup’s RIBA competition-winning pylon design being manufactured in the UK
Specialist contractor Mabey Bridge, which is manufacturing the new T-pylon, also helped to construct the tradition lattice pylons in the 1950s.
The final coats of paint to the steel work are being put in place before the six pylons, that will form the test line, are transported to Nottingham.
Danish-based architecture, design and engineering practice Bystrup won a RIBA design competition for the structures, run in conjunction with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and National Grid.
Its 35m-tall design was selected from 250 entries, including submissions from Amanda Levete Architects, Gustafson Porter, Ian Ritchie Architects, New Town Studio and Knight Architects.
David Raynor project director at Mabey Bridge said: ‘There are five designs of pylon in the T-pylon family, and they’re all different.
‘For me, I’ve grown up looking at steel lattice pylons and have seen what a change wind turbines have made to the landscape. The old pylons have served us well but at some point new technology and new designs come long. I can’t wait to see what the new pylons will finally look like.’