Fitful Head SSR Site, Shetland Islands

Major refurbishment of the building and electrical components of the Fitful Head secondary radar dome.

  • Client: MPB Civil Engineering

​Fitful Head forms the south-western corner of Shetland’s south mainland, rising to 283 metres. On its western side, cliffs drop to the Atlantic. Sumburgh Airport, which received its first scheduled flight in 1936, is Shetland’s principal airport and is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd.

The radar dome on Fitful Head houses a secondary radar that’s part of the navigational system used by trans-atlantic flights. Ness Engineering was appointed to carry out the building and electrical work needed as part of a major refurbishment of the system.