29 Jan 2022

RTÉ invites bids for contract to build new communications tower in Offaly

RTÉ invites bids for contract to build new communications tower in Offaly

Former radio tower in Ballycommon

RTÉ has invited companies to bid for a new telecommunications tower in the midlands.

The state broadcaster has published a tender in which it says it intends to build a new telecommunications mast at Ballycommon in Co Offaly.

It is proposed to construct a new mast with associated services, access roads and car parking at the site which is currently greenfield and is located beside the RTÉ building.

Documents say a 48-metre lattice tower will be triangular in plan. This shall be minimum 1.0m wide at the top and maximum 3.2m at the base. The tower sections shall be delivered preassembled if possible. 

Multiple dishes and antennas will be located on the tower when built.

Tullamore was for many years the location of a 290-metre radio mast which was built in 1975.

The company expects to award the tower in 2021. A decision on the planning application for the new structure was built in 2019.

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