Project Falcon in Plymouth is progressing well and the Openreach Regional Programme Manager in the West Country is delighted with the progress. Our first spine has been fully surveyed and all fluid sections subducted, including 8 other spines common to the same route.
BNE Bristol has now finished BAU Civils for telent. Newsite Field Based Coordinator for Openreach has praised BNE’s work co-ordinators for their great work on a “high profile Development which is attracting added attention due to being new BT Head Office”. He also praised BNE’s Bristol civils team, “They were absolutely brilliant completing WP1 work from BT manhole within the site. They overcame multiple issues on the day and through sheer perseverance got the job done”
BNE Wales are aiming to expand the engineering team early in the New Year, our latest recruitment drive is going well and we have received a large number of applicants. Contact BNE if you are interested in joining the team.
Due to the continued business growth of BNE, the building work has started on the new Barden Network Engineering depot in Dunkeswell. This depot will be used for the BNE Jurassic Fibre contract, and the Jurassic Fibre team hope to move into their new offices in the next few weeks.
Great news for both BNE & Jurassic Fibre team.
As we look to expand our Cornwall depot, specifically in East Cornwall and Plymouth area, please continue to refer telecommunication candidates to our BNE website www.BardenNetwork.com to show their interest. Thanks to everyone who has referred friends and family already.
Two Project Manager’s from telent has personally thanked one of our engineers for all her hard work, politeness and diligence with regards to health and safety on site.
Openreach and telent have commended one of our senior works co-ordinators for going above and beyond.
BNE is very proud to have conscientious, enthusiastic and dedicated employee’s and we are pleased when it is recognised by our customers.
Openreach FND Programme Manager for Wales once again sends his appreciation to the BNE team in Wales for delivering Q2 Barry.
“Just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the Wales team that has helped deliver and meet the Q2 target for Barry. I’m clearly aware of the amount of effort it takes BNE to achieve this result alongside other BAU and funded programmes. I would particularly call out the fantastic work your back office team have done in Merthyr during Q2 given we have been in a Covid lockdown period and pulling together information whilst working from home can be quite challenging”.
We are pleased to share that the BNE Bristol telecommunications training centre has been signed off by Smart Awards, BNE is accredited to deliver SA001 – Overhead Safety and SA002 – Underground Safety.
BNE’s Instructor can deliver the full suite of training required by our engineers to deliver Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) across all our contracts on Openreach – BAU, Fibre Cities, BDUK, SEP, Rural Build, Retro-Newsites, Local Full Fibre Network, Customer Funded PONs.
Telent has stated their appreciation and thanked BNE’s hard-working and dedicated Bristol-based works coordinators, backroom staff and engineers for a fantastic team effort on delivery and quality for the Rural Build works at Taunton and Ilminster.
Two BNE engineers have been thanked by Honiton Police for their assistance with a fallen tree in the road on 19th August. The engineers were praised for being professional and polite, and for showing a great sense of community and public spirit in assisting the police with the fallen tree.
Retro-New sites have arrived, covering 5 telecommunication exchanges local to our Cornwall depot and have started off incredibly well. Our Plymouth LFFN project has also started to come through with fibre optic installation surveys starting in the middle of August.
Openreach Programme Manager for Wales Fibre Cities has commended the team on achieving Barry RFS of 4,393 homes which were above the 4,196 Q1 targets. The impact of Covid-19 on civils companies has been quite severe, and the mobilisation of civils gangs by BNE via telent meant that the programme was able to continue, creating sufficient fluid work to meet the EOQ target and keeping the cabling and jointing teams busy.
A BIG THANK YOU for the fantastic achievement!
The Jurassic Fibre team successfully hit its target of 10,000 homes by the end of June. JFL’s Construction & OSP Manager, emailed ‘Firstly can I pass on a massive thank you to you and the whole team on behalf of JFL construction for making June a success’ and JFL’s Director of Network Fibre Construction & OSP, said ‘Great month of June with our latest milestone hit’.
The Cornwall depot has had a challenging but very successful Q1, working on Okehampton Rural build and Cornwall SEP on behalf of KN.
Being multi-skilled and a trusted pair of hands has enabled BNE to increase our quota of works by inheriting works from other sub-contractors, promising a significantly larger proportion of future works.
KN and Openreach thank the Cornwall depot for their progress on Okehampton rural build and are confident that THP targets will be met at the end of this June.
Many thanks to the whole team – it’s been a challenge!
Jurassic Fibre thank Barden Network Engineering for hitting a major milestone as we have completed a 21km telecoms infrastructure link to Exmouth POP site and have finished the ODF build ahead of the target completion date.
COVID-19 has created challenges as a business we hadn’t ever expected, working under the umbrella of Openreach and the business status classified as a ‘Key Worker’ industry, BNE has risen to the challenge. We have implemented additional measures to protect the workforce and members of the public with guidance and advice from the Government, Openreach and our customers. We would like to thank all of our employees for their commitment and perseverance in difficult and unprecedented times, it is gratefully appreciated.
Barden Network Engineering has become an employee-owned business and all employees have become beneficiaries of an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).
BNE will remain as an independent business for the future and will operate for the benefit of employees of BNE. Job roles, salaries and terms and conditions of employment will not change as a result of BNE becoming employee-owned.
The combination of shared ownership and employee participation results in a business that is more engaged, innovative, productive and sustainable. A “win, win” for everyone!
What does this mean for you as an employee?
In terms of the day-to-day running of the business, it is important to stress that nothing will change. However, you will now be “employee-owners” and the business will be exploring new ways of rewarding you all for your contribution to BNE’s success, finding better ways of keeping you informed and encouraging you to improve our business.