Balfour Beatty manufactures the world’s first T-pylon

Balfour Beatty Announced the successful construction of the world’s first T-pylon on behalf of National gridRepresents the design of the first new electric pylon in the UK for almost 100 years.

The T-Pylon is the first of 116 built along a 57km route in Somerset, South West England. The first 48 T-pylon near East Hunts Pill will be built this year, and the remaining 68 north of Sandford will be built in 2022.

When completed, the newly designed pylon will connect 6 million homes and businesses in the surrounding area with low-carbon electricity generated at Hinckley Point C, Britain’s first nuclear power plant.

The design of the T-pylon is the result of the 2011 International Competition hosted by the British Architects Association, which aims to reduce the environmental and environmental impact of electric pylon.

The innovative new 35m high design forms a “T” shape, which is about one-third shorter than the traditional grid pylon design. As a result of the reduced size, the land area of ​​the T-pylon will be smaller and the impact on the local environment will be reduced.

Whereas traditional pylon is usually assembled with dozens of individual lifts, T-pylon is designed to be assembled in up to 4 sections, halving normal construction time by about 10 to 5 days. increase. Secured to a deep foundation and reinforced with steel bolt cages, the four sections are lifted and secured in place with dedicated cranes and rigs.

Matt Steele, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Rail and Utilities business, said:

“We look forward to working with the National Grid to successfully and safely supply millions of people with low-carbon electricity to support Britain’s zero net ambitions.”

Chris Bennett, Deputy President of National Grid Electricity Transmission, commented: “We are constantly looking for innovative new ways to mitigate the impact of infrastructure on the natural environment. Projects such as the T-Pylon are good examples.

“This new design forms part of an important investment in the England and Wales network, adding capacity to the grid to provide more low carbon energy and tackling the UK’s net zero goal. I will support you. “

The T-Pylon is ready to connect to Hinckley Point C by the end of 2024 and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

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