Thames Valley Police: Tower Upgrades

Location:Home Counties

Sector:Emergency Services

Thames Valley Police Tower Upgrades

LARS Communications has completed a major project for the Thames Valley Police, having upgraded several towers across the home counties.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE

Thames Valley Police is one of forty-three forces in England and Wales and is the largest non-metropolitan force. It serves a population of 2.34 million people spread across three counties – Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. It is also responsible for 196 miles of motorway.

OBJECTIVE

LARS Communications was the principal contractor on the project, working alongside principal designer MFD Communication Infrastructure Limited (MFDCI), who are based in Hampshire. The teams oversaw a series of upgrades on the fourteen radio communication structures owned by Thames Valley Police, required to ensure that the towers remain fit for purpose. The towers range in height from six to sixty-one metres.

SCOPE OF WORKS

  • Upgrade all deteriorated signage
  • Install new trap doors for ladder access
  • Install access points to platforms
  • Remove redundant antennae, feeders and brackets
  • Replace ladder anti-climb plates
  • Install platform edge protection
  • Updating covers where required to prevent water ingress
  • Install additional fixings for antennae mounting
  • Install locking mechanisms on trap doors to prevent injury to descending climbers
  • Upgrade dish covers where required
  • Any waste to be disposed of on a daily basis

OUTCOME

Working alongside MFDCI, LARS Communications completed the tower upgrades within the allotted time period, and on budget. Each tower remains fit for purpose and has been issued with a ‘Safe to Climb’ certificate.