The Challenge:

As part of phase 3 of the Superfast Essex broadband programme, more than 4,600  homes and businesses in Uttlesford District will receive access to a new ultrafast full fibre network - being built direct to each property. Work is due to be completed by July 2020 and in addition, Gigaclear will be investing commercially and expanding the network in and around this area to just over 6,600 more homes and businesses, meaning a total of over 11,200 homes and businesses will benefit from the new network.

Gigaclear operates in predominantly rural areas so the project team had to ensure the works schedule accounted for access or environmental challenges that may  arise. The installation will bring some of the fastest broadband speeds available in the world to people living and working in the county.


The Solution:

Transforming the broadband speeds of Birchanger was a significant civil engineering project. Kier worked to dig up 5.3km of carriageway, footway and verge to lay just over 6.5km of fibre to feed the street side cabinet.

Now installed, the cabinet is providing 212 properties in Birchanger with a connection to a futureproof pure fibre broadband network with far more properties becoming enabled countywide in the coming months, including more in Birchanger, as even more cabinets are installed, and network connections built.

The Impact:

Residents in the Birchanger area are now receiving  Gigaclear network access, which is capable of delivering download and upload speeds of up to 900Mbps, meaning it would take less than a minute to download a 2.5-hour HD film – faster than boiling a kettle.

Superfast Essex is the county’s broadband improvement programme co-ordinated by Essex County Council, and part of the Government’s national Superfast Britain programme. The programme is working to enable as many homes and businesses as possible to access superfast broadband to enable economic growth and improve residents’ quality of life.

" It is great to see a building that not only shows an absolute commitment to creating a superb space for people to work, take exercise, have fun and relax in, but also one that takes account of the environment and broader aspects of sustainability. An excellent example to others of what can be achieved through the use of BREEAM with a well-informed client and design team. "
Drew Ritchie COO Gigaclear

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