VGC Projects has been working for client G.Network to excavate and install a brand new below-ground ducting full fibre broadband network across London.
Since 2019, the VGC teams of 80+ operatives dedicated 542,911 safe working hours to excavating 153,600 metres of ground. At the peak of works in 2021, VGC were responsible for 108 operatives across 28 sites. Since winning the contract, VGC have facilitated the essential infrastructure to ensure homes and businesses have the necessary connections to benefit from full fibre broadband.
As well as manpower, we also resource extensive plant for the project, including 35 vehicles, and additionally, eight grab lorries, two hot box lorries, and twenty excavators.
The scope of the project includes:
- pre-construction surveys and trial holes to identify services excavate carriageways and footways
- install telecommunications ducting
- install manholes and chambers
- backfill and compact
- permanent reinstatement to highways specification
The works are located across the London boroughs of Westminster, Islington, Camden, Hackney.
Throughout the pandemic, management put in measures to ensure the safety of teams was at the forefront of the project. These included installing COVID wash stations, mobile welfare facilities on site. There was also increased communications outlining the site rules and regulations, which were dynamically changing throughout the pandemic as government restrictions changed.
One of the key effects of the pandemic was whilst almost every other industry saw a decrease in workload and a progression to a work from home routine, our teams saw a rapid increase in permits being granted for work as the government took advantage of quitter roads and therefore decreased disruption.