Thames Valley Police – Tower Upgrades
10 January 2020
LARS Communications has recently completed a major project for Thames Valley Police, upgrading a number of towers across three counties.
Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan force. It serves threes counties – Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire – with a combined population of 2.34 million people. It also covers 196 miles of motorway; works closely with Hampshire Constabulary; and collaborates on a regional basis for Counter Terrorism and Serious and Organised Crime.
The force also owns and operates fourteen radio communication structures across the three counties, ranging from just over six metres to over sixty metres. The Thames Valley Police portfolio of towers, which are mainly steel lattice towers, required a series of upgrades in order to ensure that they continue to be fit for purpose.
LARS Communications was the principal contractor on the project, working alongside Hampshire-based, MFD Communication Infrastructure Limited. The team from LARS oversaw a number of improvements across the portfolio of towers, including: the upgrade of all deteriorated signage; the installation of new trap doors for ladder access; the installation of access points to platforms; the removal of redundant antennae, feeders and brackets; the replacing of ladder anti-climb plates; the installation of platform edge protection; the updating of covers where required in order to prevent water ingress; the installation of additional fixings for antennae mounting; the installation of locking mechanisms on trap doors to prevent injury to descending climbers; and the upgrade of dish covers where required.
LARS has been working in the emergency services sector for a number of years, handling projects ranging from design, fabrication and erection of steel lattice towers to the current Thames Valley Police tower upgrade project. The company has also been responsible for the decommissioning of redundant towers, as well as the design, fabrication and erection of a training tower for the North West Ambulance Service ‘Hazardous Area Response Team’.