Merseyside-based MJ Quinn has been awarded a lucrative contract by Openreach to support a massive £12 billion project that’s bringing ultrafast, ultrareliable ‘Full Fibre’ broadband to millions of homes and businesses throughout the UK.
The company will build new infrastructure in Ellesmere Port, Hooton and Helsby in Cheshire; Prescot in Merseyside; South Ribble in Lancashire; and Tameside in Greater Manchester.
There will also be additional build in previously announced locations including Liverpool and The Wirral and Stockport.
MJ Quinn will play a crucial role in building the new network to thousands of premises in these locations, with detailed planning activity already under way and construction due to start during the next 18 months.
The contract award follows a competitive tender process and will see MJ Quinn supporting Openreach’s ambition to build ‘Full Fibre’ infrastructure to 20 million premises throughout the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s – delivering significant economic, social and environmental benefits for urban communities.
Openreach’s Full Fibre network is already available to more than three million homes and businesses across the UK and MJ Quinn is one of nine partners to win contracts which will see that extended to at least a further two million premises. As part of the contract, MJ Quinn will be responsible for construction tasks such as: surveying, building, testing and supporting Openreach to commission the network so that customers can place orders.
Alan O’Prey, Managing Director at MJ Quinn, said: “It’s a fantastic accolade for MJ Quinn to be playing such a vital part in building fibre networks for the future across the whole country. Most recently we have witnessed the vital importance of having access to reliable and robust networks.
“Combining our current works with this contract award the network MJ Quinn are helping to build will support generations of people in gaining access to technologies which will enhance their professional and personal lives, leaving a legacy for many, many years to come. I am looking forward to working with the team and delivering the excellent results Openreach have come to expect from our exceptional team at MJ Quinn.”
Kevin Murphy, MD for Fibre and Network Delivery at Openreach, said: “Great connectivity is more important than ever, whether it’s to support home working, to keep in touch with family and friends, or to access digital services like health and education. Full Fibre broadband enables this in spades, and we’re ramping up our own efforts to build our new network to as many homes and businesses across the UK as we can.
“This is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK today, and if we’re going to deliver the enormous social, environmental and economic benefits that Full Fibre can bring, it’s important we can build the new network efficiently, safely and without compromising on quality.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with MJ Quinn because they’ll be pivotal in helping us achieve those aims for our customers and for the UK as a whole.”
MJ Quinn is already recruiting people to help deliver this project and Openreach will be offering world class training as part of this build programme which includes partner use of its 12 training schools across the UK. Interested candidates should visit www.mjquinn.co.uk for more info.
About MJ Quinn:
At MJ Quinn we believe in creating great connections, with our customers, our people and our world. We trust in our team and have a workforce skilled to meet the needs of a 21st century communications network.
Each day we enhance the UK’s home and business lives through our efficient and innovative turnkey solutions. MJ Quinn are unique in our offer of fully integrated end to end design, plan and build solutions. As part of the Visabeira Group, we are able to utilise considerable expertise acquired over 30 years working across Europe and Africa allowing customer goals to be achieved and future success to be realised.
Openreach Limited is the UK’s digital network business.
We’re 35,000 people, working in every community to connect homes, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, mobile phone masts, broadcasters, governments and businesses – large and small – to the world.
Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in the UK can be connected.
We work on behalf of more than 620 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, BT and Zen, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more than 27.5m UK premises.
Over the last decade we’ve invested more than £14 billion into our network and, at more than 185 million kilometres, it’s now long enough to wrap around the world 4,617 times.
Today we’re building an even faster, more reliable and future-proof broadband network which will be the UK’s digital platform for decades to come.
We’re making progress towards our FTTP target to reach 20m premises by mid-to-late 2020s. We’ve also hired more than 3,000 trainee engineers this past financial year to help us build that network and deliver better service across the country.
Openreach is a highly regulated, wholly owned, and independently governed division of the BT Group. More than 90 per cent of our revenues come from services that are regulated by Ofcom and any company can access our products under equivalent prices, terms and conditions.
For the year ended 31 March 2020, we reported revenue of £5.1bn.
For more information, visit www.openreach.co.uk.