Some while ago I blogged about the amazing pylons that have been constructed around the World, and how a competition was to be held in the UK to find a successor to the iconic current electricity pylon that we are all used to.
On 23 May the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and National Grid called for designs for a new generation of electricity pylon. A total of 250 submitted designs from around the world have been whittled down to just six finalists who have been working with the National Grid and Millennium Models to build scale models of their designs for the final judging panel.
Competitors were urged to submit a new pylon design that “has the potential to deliver for future generations, while balancing the needs of local communities and preserving the beauty of the countryside”.
The reasoning behind the competition is that with a new generation of power stations due to come online in the coming decades, new transmission lines will be needed to carry this new energy to homes and businesses. These lines will connect new sources of power generation, such as wind farms and nuclear power plants. This more sophisticated approach to the visual impact of transmission lines reflects National Grids collaboration with the Government and builds on the recently-designated National Policy Statements (NPS). National Grid have said they will consider the visual impact of its new electricity lines with greater sensitivity to the British countryside. It should lead to greater focus on a range of mitigation measures such as undergrounding, re-routing, alternative pylon design.
Today the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced the shortlist – the final six designs which go into the final vote, and I have to say there are some great designs (and in my view some not so great ones!). My personal favorite has not made the cut, this would have been huge ‘people’ striding across the British countryside – fabulous in my view, but obviously not a view shared by the judges!
The shortlist of the top six is available to view on the DECC website and scale models at the V&A Museum – and the public are asked to post their comments.
The public has until October 5 to register their views – and then the panel will meet to decide on the winner. If you have a view – vote. They will be around for a long time once they are erected!