CityFibre calls in Bechtel to speed up £1.5bn work plan

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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Ultrafast broadband infrastructure provider CityFibre has drafted in Bechtel to accelerate its full-fibre rollout as it awards up to £1.5bn in construction contracts in the coming months.

CityFibre will bring in Bechtel’s teams immediately, fully integrating them within CityFibre’s existing organisational structure.

The first wave of construction contract awards under CityFibre’s Accelerated Tenders Award Programme is expected in the coming weeks.

Bechtel will aim to help reach optimal productivity in the shortest time as construction teams are mobilised across an extra 29 towns and cities.

The new projects will create thousands of jobs across CityFibre’s construction partners.

By the end of 2021, it is anticipated that network construction will be underway in more than 100 towns and cities across the UK.

Bechtel will focus on implementing a consistent approach to the mobilisation and management of construction partners at scale.

It will also support CityFibre as it introduces new processes to ensure that CityFibre’s network architecture is adhered to and that quality is maintained during the work drive.

Greg Mesch, chief executive at CityFibre, said: “The demand for world-class digital infrastructure deployments from the Government, Ofcom and crucially our current and prospective customers, is increasing by the day.

“Bechtel’s expertise in the delivery of national infrastructure projects will complement our existing teams and ensure we can rapidly increase the number of parallel build projects, while still delivering the high quality of network demanded by our customers and theirs.

“Delivering full-fibre nationwide by 2025 is a critical target and a huge undertaking.”

John Williams, Bechtel’s UK Infrastructure managing director, said: “We will be bringing our skills in rapid mobilisation and large-scale infrastructure delivery to the team.

“Our agreement with CityFibre is part of a deliberate strategy to diversify and align our UK business with the emerging growth sectors of the economy.”

 

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