Contractor part of telecom giant’s roll-out of Full Fibre network

MJ Quinn has been awarded “a lucrative contract” by Openreach to support a massive £12bn project that’s bringing ultrafast, ultrareliable ‘Full Fibre’ broadband to millions of homes and businesses throughout the UK.

The Knowsley-based 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.

The firm 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 the business 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, the Knowsley firm 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, MJ Quinn managing director, 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.”

Kevin Murphy, managing director 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 training as part of this build programme which includes partner use of its 12 training schools across the UK.