Ever Given Power Transmission Towers a Second Thought? – Part Two

Continued from Part One.

Source: Royal Institute of British Architects/National Grid Pylon Competition

For minimalism, Ian Ritchie Architects’ Silhouette is probably the design with the least impact and quite possibly the lowest material requirements, although no figures are given for steel usage on any of the designs. Ignore the upright lines at the top of the image; they are not part of the structure, merely intended to show how the light would bounce off the spikes from different angles.

Source: Royal Institute of British Architects/National Grid Pylon Competition

Only Bystrup’s The T-Pylon (above) states that the structure could be made from painted steel, hot dip galvanized, in Corten or stainless steel well, that about covers all the possibilities, doesn’t it? Seriously though, the design does look quite compact and may therefore not be too tall.

Whether any of these designs will be taken up in the UK or elsewhere remains to be seen, but with so much investment going into wind, wave, tidal and solar power, all of which will be generated in areas unlikely to have significant existing transmission systems, a considerable amount of new build is probably going to be required both in the UK and US. Which designs are used will have a significant impact on steel use for some manufacturers and fabricators — not to mention the countryside our children inherit.

–Stuart Burns

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