Connectivity unpacked: Tower builds in remote landscapes

Connectivity unpacked: Tower builds in remote landscapes

Monday, 05 February 2024

Welcome to our new series, ‘Connectivity Unpacked’, where we collaborate with our expert build partners to enable and empower our customers in delivering connectivity to their users. Each of our builds are unique, however our commitment remains the same; to create robust, trusted digital infrastructure anywhere its needed, whatever the geographical challenge.

Our latest project involves one of the towers we’re building for Vodafone as part of the Government’s Shared Rural Network (SRN) Programme. In these stunning but challenging landscapes, the team overcome multiple hurdles, from inhospitable terrains to access restrictions. Building in such remote areas demands careful consideration and solutions at every stage.

Working closely with the Local Planning Authorities, Communities, and all Stakeholders is integral to our planning process. Ensuring all points of view are heard and respected, we work hard to ensure the balance between ‘progress’ and ‘preservation’ is considered and met.

Our commitment to sustainability guides our every move at each location. By employing less intrusive access methods, such as deploying all-terrain vehicles, we tread lighter on the environment and avoid visible stone tracks across the scenic landscapes. We minimise the impact of development by laying temporary tracks that enables us to bring in cranes and trucks more precisely and minimise disruption on the natural surroundings.

In our recent build in Snowdonia (Eryri) National Park, home to over 26,000 people, helicopters were brought in. The video shows how materials are transported, even towers assembled, so that we can respect the eco-system and environment.

A huge shoutout to Clarke Telecom our trusted build partner and to Vodafone our valued customer. Together we’re transforming connectivity in some of the most remote and hard to reach corners of the country.