New T-pylons set to alter Eakring skyline

The line of new T-pylons will be errected next summer.
The line of new T-pylons will be errected next summer.

The skyline near Eakring is set to give a glimpse of the future when revolutionary new T-shaped pylons are erected.

A test line of six pylons will be raised at the National Grid’s Eakring Training Academy, making them the first T-pylons to be seen on the British landscape.

The new designs mark a departure from the traditional lattice structures that currently dot the British countryside, but are not expected to replace the traditional design altogether.

David Wright, director of electricity transmission asset management for the National Grid, said: “The competition was held to find a design which would meet all our safety and reliability criteria and belong to the 21st century. The test line at Eakring will allow us to fully rehearse how we might construct and maintain the T-pylon when in use and this contract with Mabey Bridge marks the start of that journey.”

Chepstow manufacturer Mabey Bridge won the first contract to deliver the supporting structures which were designed by the Danish architects and engineers Bystrup.

The pylon is designed for simple construction and is being touted as an alternative to the steel lattice pylon on major projects connecting up low carbon and renewable generation to the grid. The ground works at Eakring are now under way. Work on the pylons is due to start early next spring, with the line to be erected by late next summer.