Helicopter makes easy work of new transmission station

Press release 23/10/2002 00:00 CET

Skanska’s telecommunications infrastructure company Skanska Networks used a Sea King helicopter to lift into place a new mast to complete the new Police force radio communication network in Derbyshire. This service is being rolled out across the UK by mmO2 Airwave.

The new mast replaces an existing broadcast transmission site in the High Peak National Park, near Edale, with the whole installation being designed to minimise the visual impact on the environment. Skanska Networks completed the project within three weeks of being asked by client Crown Castle to design and construct the swapping of the old mast for the new one.

Tight access restrictions applied because of the location inside a national park and position high on the hillside just below Mam Tor, leaving the Sea King, plus another smaller helicopter, providing the only means for Skanska Networks to get the mast and construction materials to site.

Crown Castle is one of Skanska Networks’ long term customers, carrying out construction of mobile phone cell sites across the UK. Skanska Networks is also involved in the roll-out of the new Police force radio communication network in the South of England and the construction of cell sites for Orange in the South East of England.