Bystrup’s T-Pylon design wins competition

Bystrup’s T-Pylon has been announced as the winner of the national Pylon Design competition, and the architect will now work with the National Grid to develop the design.


The T-Pylon was chosen from a shortlist [] of six entries by competition organisers Royal Institute of British Architects, the National Grid and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, says, ‘This is an innovative design which is simple, classical and practical. Its ingenious structure also means that it will be much shorter and smaller than existing pylons and therefore less intrusive.’

National Grid has also pledged to do further work with two other shortlisted entrants, Ian Ritchie Associates for the Silhouette design and New Town Studio.

for the Totem design

All shotlisted entries will recieve £1000 prize money, with Bystrup awarded £5000.

Nick Winser, executive director, National Grid, says, ‘In the T-Pylon we have a design that has the potential to be a real improvement on the steel lattice tower.  It’s shorter, lighter and the simplicity of the design means it would fit into the landscape more easily.  

‘In addition, the design of the electrical components is genuinely innovative and exciting.’

Ruth Reed, RIBA Immediate Past President, adds, ‘The radical design of a single suspension arm carrying three conductors is simple and understated. Whilst there should still be the opportunity for statement designs where they are appropriate this radical solution is a quantum leap forward for the design of the thousands of pylons needed in the years to come.’

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