Shortlisted Entry 5

P197 Knight Architects

Team: Knight Architects / Roughan & O’Donovan / ESB International in association with MEGA

The Y composition observes the geometric rules governing the safe spacing of conductive elements however a step change in design is achieved through the integration of modern insulating materials within the primary structure. The use of twin silicon rubber sheathed FRP arms allows significant reductions in overall tower height and in visual 'clutter'.  The result is a clean aesthetic which is distinctive, contemporary and elegant - an efficient new design for the 21st Century.

Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 03:29 PM
This tower is impossible to climb abd therefore maintain.The conductor clearance is not within the specification. Silicon rubber insulators have not been used in the UK at 400 kV will this design meet NGC standards?
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:08 PM
Very unattractive. Looks like a giant catapult.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:24 PM
Not pretty
Andrew Scanlon commented on 14-Sep-2011 04:30 PM
This technically should work, and provides a genuine new look to the countryside. love it
PM commented on 14-Sep-2011 05:00 PM
More European looking design which could work well in certain natural landscapes. Is it possible to have more than one design for different environments?
Peter Clarke commented on 14-Sep-2011 06:12 PM
Probably one of the more intrusive designs, it may have reduced the visual clutter of the old design but only by appearing more massive. Definitely ugly, as with the other they don't look to awful as single object but try to picture dozens of them marching
off into the distance, breaking up the visual continuity of the landscape. @Andrew Scanlon the countryside does not need a new look, genuine or otherwise.
AR commented on 14-Sep-2011 06:33 PM
Lowest overall height. Work on technical proof may be needed on insulators and access. A steel base section could make this as slender as any other monotower. Real innovation- and could be as low impact as any other.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 06:37 PM
ps commented on 14-Sep-2011 06:39 PM
Fat. This is one chunky piece of a tower. Quite interesting with the silicon rubber arms but the design certainly is not very elegant.
Ed commented on 14-Sep-2011 08:34 PM
Apparently the distance between the two tower members at the top is around 30m, massive and something I think which would dominate the landscape. The insulating members seem a good idea until you realise that any failure of the silicone coating (due to
damage by birds, someone shooting at it with an air rifle etc.) would neccesitate a major structural change. I can't see this being practical and maintenance access would also be a real challange. As the design is shown, the flat surfaces along the silicone
rubber mean the creepage distance of the insulation is also far too low - it needs to be around 20m for phase to phase clearances.
Anonymous commented on 14-Sep-2011 09:33 PM
Reminds me of a women spread eagle; NICE!
Antony Wright commented on 14-Sep-2011 09:34 PM
No very elegant, a bad copy of this wonderful Italian design
Cicero commented on 14-Sep-2011 10:27 PM
Looks like me mam's washing line
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 08:15 AM
Too similar to the high-security barbed wire on top of MoD boundary fences etc.
Robert Simons commented on 15-Sep-2011 09:21 AM
Although it's not pretty and isn't set against the specified background, at least this pylon appears to have been shown at the correct scale for 8m separations between conductors of different phases. Come to that, the specified background is too small
to show the pylons at their correct scale. Perhaps RIBA could produce a new background, specify the alignment of the transmission line against the background and get the shortlisted candidates to produce mock-ups of their proposed pylons at the correct scale
against it?
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 09:52 AM
I like this as it is bold and simple it is what it is, not hiding. Somehow the structure is there so you can see beyond it as it is not demanding.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 09:54 AM
This design looks scary
Paulus commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:02 AM
A beautiful clean aesthetic but it looks very large indeed.....
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:25 AM
Well that's charming! Up yours too then!
Chris B commented on 15-Sep-2011 10:50 AM
This design would have been fine in the 1980s but is not elegant enough for the 21st century, at least in open British countryside.
TBay commented on 15-Sep-2011 11:26 AM
I am not aware of the technical challenges when designing these pylons, but is it not an obvious idea to tie in a form of renewable energy capture on these permanent structures? There is not one design incorporating a wind turbine or solar panels. If you
are going to blot the landscape, why not gain something from it too? Seems like an opportunity missed, to me...
Stanley Glentrammon commented on 15-Sep-2011 11:47 AM
This is my favourite because it is elegant but doesn't pretend to be what it isn't. The colours are a bit too conspicuous though, certainly in some environments.
Anonymous commented on 15-Sep-2011 12:01 PM
Nice shape but not delicate enough
Darren J Sage commented on 15-Sep-2011 12:06 PM
I agree with a comment earlier - the Italians designed a much better tower - the 'Y' is very wide this making the corridor required wider than necessary. There is also alot of dead space within the 'Y'. Maybe if it was more like a tuning fork? The idea,
with a bit of tweaking, could be one of the best designs here.