LARS secures Met Office contract

For Carnforth firm, LARS Communications, the outlook is bright, thanks in part to a number of contract awards from the Met Office to carry out improvements to its radar infrastructure.

larsLARS Communications is an industry leader in radio site build and antenna system installation and commissioning. Included among the core services LARS offers are tower strengthening and structural upgrades, services which are essential to the Met Office as it tackles a programme of improvements to its radar infrastructure, in order to increase its radar capability.

The latest tender to be awarded to LARS Communications by the Met Office is for the radar site upgrade at Dean Hill, in Wiltshire. The 22.5m tower will require a number of structural upgrades, including a spiral staircase, to ensure that it meets all health and safety standards.

Business development manager at LARS, Julian Cooper, said: “We are thrilled to have won this latest tender. This is a huge undertaking for the Met Office and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

The improvements to Dean Hill fall under the ‘Weather Radar Network Renewal Project’, which is jointly funded by the Met Office and the Environment Agency. This is a programme of investment in, and improvements to, the fifteen operational weather radars across the UK. These provide real time information to help monitor and forecast heavy rainfall. The programme will see the use of the latest technology to meet radar capability.