New T-mounts are being built across the UK in the first redesign in nearly 100 years

The pylons aim to reduce their visual impact on the environment and the new design was selected from more than 250 entries in a competition organized by the Royal Institute of Architects and the government in 2011.

The new design will feature a single column instead of an Eiffel Tower-style A-frame
The new design will feature a single pole rather than an Eiffel Tower-style mesh A-frame (pictured)

According to National Grid, the first new look of poles in nearly 100 years featuring a T-shaped design has arrived in the UK.

The first 36 models of the new design are already wound up and will be rolled out wherever possible in England and Wales.

It marked the first time a new style had been implemented since 1927.

The new models aim to reduce the visual impact on the environment and have been submitted by the Danish company Bystrup.

Bystrup’s design was then selected from a list of more than 250 entries in a 2011 competition organized by the government and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

National Grid installed new T-pillars in Somerset


Nick Dimbleby / National Grid)

The T-pillars are the first new design for a pylon in the UK in almost 100 years



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Instead of using the traditional Eiffel Tower-style mesh A-frame, where cables are strung through a series of swingarms, Bystrup’s model features a single pole with the cables strung underneath one arm. cross.

The new models stand at 35m (115 ft) high – about a third the size of other high voltage poles – and boast a smaller ground area.

A 57 km (35 mi) route has been established between Bridgewater and Portbury, Somerset, which will transport low-carbon electricity.

With a single pole and cross-shaped arms, they are about a third shorter than a traditional high-voltage pole, 35 meters high.



A National Grid spokesman said the route would connect the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant with six million homes and businesses.

They also confirmed the power supply will be turned on in October.

249 old-fashioned pylons, formerly known as “transmission towers” are expected to be moved as part of the project.

These early pylons – named for the Greek word “pyle”, meaning “gateway”, are reminiscent of the doors on either side of Egyptian temples, hence the name like the bell tower of they.

More than 22,000 pylons are located in England and Wales – and they cover more than 4,300 miles.

The pylons were built extremely high to avoid roads, rivers and railway lines – and to make sure nothing got too close to them.

The cables on the pylons are not insulated and pose a great risk of electric shock, however, birds are not electrocuted because they are not in contact with the ground so electricity remains in the power lines.

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