2021 – A Roundup
22 December 2021
As many of us start to look forward to spending some time at home with family and loved ones, we thought we’d take a look back at 2021. What’s more, we’re going to try to avoid any mention of you know what. We’re focusing on LARS’ achievements and some of the amazing work carried out by our teams. It’s certainly been a busy year!
The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
Back in January we shared details of our important contract with the FCDO and the completion of the design, fabrication and installation of a radome tower at Remote Radar Head Brizlee Wood in Northumberland. This was followed by the completion of another radome tower at RRH Buchan in Aberdeenshire.
The brief from the FCDO was to design and build a platform which stands at only five metres in height, but with a diameter of twenty-three metres and a 12 x 5 metre access platform.
Both these platforms support a fifteen-metre high radome application, which houses essential radar equipment. This radar equipment is hugely important to the production of the Recognised Air Picture which provides real-time information on potential air threats to UK Airspace.
As we said at the time, this was a really exciting project with which to be involved and despite a number of challenges, the team completed the radome tower installations on time and on budget.
Exciting Rigging Contracts
In February, we announced an exciting rigging contract win which would take our rigging teams to sites across the UK, installing some of the most innovative and best performing microwave radio and wireless network solutions in the world, serving some of the UK’s largest network operators.
Microwave is a line-of-sight wireless communication technology which uses high frequency radio wave beams to provide high speed wireless connections. These wireless connections are vital, today more than ever before, as we rely on technology to send and receive voice, video and data information.
It’s been another successful year, having not only retained all of our existing accreditations, but also adding the JOSCAR accreditation to our list of achievements.
Our ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and ISO 45001 were all retained, a reflection of our commitment to quality in every area of our business.
As well as our ISO accreditations, we have also been fully verified by the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme, the supplier pre-qualification service used by the 90-plus buyers of all products and services throughout the UK’s rail industry.
In September, we confirmed that our Achilles UVDB accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to excellence within the utilities industry, as well as being awarded top safety accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.
JOSCAR was added to this list of achievements earlier this year. JOSCAR (the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register) is a collborative tool used by the defence, security and aerospace industries and determines if a supplier is “fit for business”, so we were delighted to have received this stamp of approval.
Papa Westray, the Republic of Ireland and Heaton Park Tower
It’s not unusual for the LARS teams to find themselves in some remote spots across the UK and back in March we reported on our trip to the Orkney Islands, where we had successfully completed the fabrication and supply of a new tower which was required to increase microwave capacity.
More recently we have shared news of an exciting three-year site inspection contract to inspect and maintain forty-seven communication towers spread across the Republic of Ireland. This program of regular inspections will see our teams travelling the length and breadth of Ireland ensuring that this infrastructure remains in suitable, working condition.
And our most recent feat of daring-do was the removal of the turret crane from the top of the 238-feet Heaton Park Tower in Manchester. Although this sounds simple, it was actually far from straightforward – working on a small platform over 200 feet up certainly throws up a few challenges!
Another Busy Year
Despite the challenges facing businesses across the world, it’s been another busy year at LARS. As well as the highlights mentioned above, we have also taken on a number of site inspection contracts, radar tower builds – more of that to come – and we managed to get out and about to see customers. Zoom and Teams are okay, but you can’t beat face to face contact. We even managed to attend an exhibition, taking a stand at the International Security Expo at Olympia London in September – let’s hope we can attend a few more next year.
We’ll finish this round-up with a huge thank you to all of our customers, suppliers and of course, everyone here at LARS Communications. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022.