LARS Communications Completes Important Contract for the FCDO
25 January 2021
Design, Fabrication and Installation of a Radome Tower at RRH Brizlee Wood and RRH Buchan
We have recently completed the design, fabrication and installation of a radome tower at Remote Radar Head Brizlee Wood. This was part of an exciting project for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). We are also very close to the completion of another radome tower at RRH Buchan. These towers and the radar systems they house are part of vitally important upgrades to UK air defence systems.
Unlike some of the structures we have been tasked with designing and installing, the brief from the FCDO was very different. The tower itself stands at only five metres in height, with a diameter of twenty-three metres. It also has a 12 x 5 metre access platform.
The circular platform was required to support the fifteen-metre high radome application, which houses the radar equipment. It is also home to a mobile elevating works platform (MEWP). This is an essential component should any maintenance be required to the radar equipment itself.
Our design partners for this project were once again MFD Communication Infrastructure (MFDCI). Working alongside MFDCI, we submitted a detailed design and calculations package.
Working as principal contractor for the project, we were required to oversee the initial design stages, before manufacturing the steelwork, the assembly and ultimately the installation. All of the steel used in the tower installation is UK sourced to the required specification. Prior to assembly, the steel is galvanised. This is carried out to ensure it is resistant to corrosion in a wide variety of environments.
We were was also responsible for the full design and build. This included foundations, reinforced concrete and installation of the earthing and lightning protection system.
Once manufactured, the steelwork was transported to the site and assembled in situ. Any cranes, MEWPs and work platforms required were hired from local suppliers.
These planned upgrades are hugely important to the production of the Recognised Air Picture (RAP). RRH Brizlee Wood and RRH Buchan use the RAP to provide real-time information on potential air threats to UK Airspace.
Here’s what our MD, Ian Turner, had to say; “This was a really exciting project for everyone involved. From the initial designs to the final installation, the team has been fantastic.
“Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, RRH Brizlee Wood has recently been completed. We expect to apply the finishing touches to the tower at RRH Buchan early in 2021. This project was vitally important to the UK’s air defence system, so the team can feel very proud of their achievements.”