CityFibre has shortlisted 15 firms to deliver its next £1.5bn full-fibre infrastructure programme. The Ultrafast broadband provider picked the firms to work across 27 towns and cities. Alongside, the awards should create 3,750 new local network construction jobs.
Besides, these works should keep it on track to create 10,000 jobs over the next three years. The total build contracts to £2.5bn deals conclude the first phase of CityFibre’s Accelerated Tender Awards Programme.
Accelerated Tender Awards Programme – construction partners
- Kier – Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare and Worcester (£82m)
- CCN – Chichester & Arun, Poole, Christchurch
- Callan Connect – Solihull
- J McCann – Nottingham;
- Instalcom – Reading
- Network Plus – Bradford (£57m)
- VolkerSmart Tech – Bracknell and Maidenhead
- PMK – Renfrew and Glasgow South
- IQA – North Tyneside
- MAP – Middlesbrough
- Oakway – Plymouth
- Lanes – Brighton & Hove, Chatham & Gillingham, Crawley and Horsham, Eastbourne
- NMCN – Barnsley, Halifax
- O’Connor’s – Sheffield
- Telent – Blackpool, Chester, Preston
Kier is planning to start work early next year for the deal worth £82m that is handed to it for two and half years. The group managing director at Kier Utilities & Rail, Barry McNicholas said Kier would be creating around 300 employment.
The employment opportunities include apprenticeship and training opportunities across all of its locations and upskilling teams to deliver this vital digital infrastructure. CityFibre drafted in Bechtel in late summer to accelerate its full-fibre rollout.
Bechtel will focus on implementing a consistent approach to the mobilisation and management of construction partners at scale. It is expected that network construction will be underway in more than 100 towns and cities across the UK, by the end of 2021.