Going underground

Removing pylons in Dorset

The National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project will transform views of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by removing 22 pylons and 9 km of overhead cable from the skyline between Martinstown and Winterbourne Abbas and replacing them with power lines buried underground. This is one of the first schemes in the world to remove existing high-voltage electricity transmission infrastructure solely to enhance the visual impact of it on the landscape. The VIP portfolio will remove pylons from AONBs and national parks across the UK but this will be the first to complete.

Paul Hamnett is National Grid’s Senior Project Manager for the VIP project in Dorset. Paul has worked with National Grid since 2005 and in 2020, he joined the Dorset VIP project team. Previously he was a Senior Engineer with Pirelli HV Cables and BICC Supertension Cables. With a background in HV cabling, Paul has been integral to the success of the project. Citing the unique engineering challenges and visual enhancement purpose behind the project, Paul considers this to be one of the best projects he's worked on across his international career of over 25 years.


This event will be taking place in the Hive Lecture Theatre.

  • Energy
  • Power Equipment
  • Power Trading

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


24 Nov 2022

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 11/24/2022 19:00 11/24/2022 20:30 Going underground National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7LQ, United Kingdom


Dorset and South Wiltshire Local Network

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Paul Hamnett

Paul Hamnett

Senior Project Manager - National grid

Reasons to attend

Find out why and how the National Grid has been burying the power lines and removing the pylons in Dorset and what they found in the process.


Weymouth College

Cranford Avenue
United Kingdom


6:30 pm Arrive and members tea

7pm: Lecture starts

8pm: Q&A

8:30pm Depart


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