Maynard recently submitted a concept design for the RIBA Pylon design competition.
Our designed was based on the geometric form of a twisted helix, comprising of warped modules that
stack together to achieve the required height. The form is dynamic; a simple sculptural statement. Primary steelwork expresses the function and a secondary layer of structural mesh creates pattern and texture. The main visual mass is centred on the core with a deliberate lightness of structure for the suspension elements.
The use of materials and finishes had been selected to ensure that the design could be manufactured
and constructed on site with the greatest of simplicity. The construction of the pylon utilises bolted and
pin connections, which enables parts to be easily replaced on site and utilises readily available materials
and manufacturing which can be produced by a number of steel fabricators thereby reducing the capital cost. After its design life of 80 years the modular and bolted structure can be easily decommissioned
with minimal specialised equipment and all steelwork and components recycled.