Radar Tower in Hampshire

Location:Hampshire, England

Sector:Defence

Service:Fabrication and Installation of Structures

LARS Communications has recently completed the design, fabrication and installation of a RADAR tower and RADAR cabin in Hampshire.

Objective

LARS Communications was the principal contractor on the project, responsible for the design, build and installation of the new 20m tower, as well as the manufacture and installation of the RADAR cabin which houses all electrical components.

Tower Design, Build and Installation

The new tower, designed to support the radar array and RADAR cabin, is a brand new, bespoke design, developed and applied to various sites across the UK. This version in Hampshire is a 20m version of the design.

The four-leg angle structure is constructed in 5m sections, including an internal staircase and working platform on all four sides at the top of the tower. The top section also supports the RADAR cabin where all the electrical components are housed. All steelwork fabrication and construction are carried out in LARS’ in-house fabrication workshop in Carnforth, Lancashire.

Once the tower has been transported to the site, LARS oversees all plant equipment for the installation, including cranes, telehandlers, traffic management systems and task lighting. LARS’ experienced climbing teams undertake the installation of the structure.

The RADAR Cabin

Designed and developed at the LARS Carnforth depot, the RADAR cabin was assembled away from the build area to allow the cabin to be cladded and so not hold up the progress of the tower build.

Once the work on the upper section of the tower begins, the cabin was moved closer to the tower build area to allow installation. Once the cabin had been installed, all wall mounted components were fixed, and the final section of the tower was lifted into place and secured.

Scope of works:

  • Detailed infrastructure survey attendance - full site survey, geotec works, ground preparation and foundations carried out
  • Provision of detailed design
  • Pre-deployment activities
  • Construction of site compound and related civils
  • Provision and installation of a new tower structure
  • Provision and installation of a RADAR cabin
  • RADAR installation
  • MTI requirements
  • Supply of all required deliverables
  • On completion of all works, the site was cleared of all materials and waste and the site left in a clean and tidy condition
  • All redundant materials are disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner

Outcome

This was the second iteration of the bespoke RADAR tower and RADAR cabin design and it has been a really exciting project for everyone involved. From the initial designs to the final installation, the teams involved have been fantastic. And despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, this tower in Hampshire was completed within the allotted time frame and on budget.

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