Quickline makes 10,000 sq ft Hull move
Rural broadband provider Quickline Communications has opened a new training centre, stores and test laboratory, adding a second location to its Willerby headquarters.
The 10,208 sq ft base, delivered by local developer Swanbridge Works, replaces the firm’s original Hessle base, which has been used for storage since Quickline moved to Willerby less than a year ago.
The launch of the facility in Hull represents the latest stage of Quickline’s continued expansion as it rolls out broadband across rural communities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Quickline said that the premises provide it with a custom built, modern space to train its engineers and develop the skills of its teams across the business. It will also be used to store its build and installation materials.
Engineers will use the centre as their main base to collect equipment for installations and it will be used by Quickline’s own internal build team. The test laboratory will include a dedicated space for the development of new products and services using Quickline’s 5G technology.
The provider believes it is the first in the UK to commercially deliver a pure, standalone 5G fixed wireless network, demonstrating the company is an industry leader in technology and innovation.
Quickline has recruited 150 staff in the last 12 months and now has a total of 250 employees. Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy officially opened the building, which sits in her constituency.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be opening this exciting new facility today. I wholeheartedly share Quickline’s view that no community should be left behind and support the company’s roll-out of fast, reliable broadband to rural areas.
“This new centre will enable Quickline to continue its impressive growth, which has seen it become a major employer and an important supporter of the local economy.”
Situated off the A63, the facility is housed in the former ATS tyre fitting and service centre which has been empty for two years.
The building has been completely refurbished in partnership with local developer Swanbridge, using tradespeople from across Hull and East Yorkshire. Quickline has passed more than 300,000 premises with its existing next-generation fixed wireless broadband as it looks to help tackle internet inequality.
Now, the firm is rapidly blending that network with a full fibre network creating the UK’s only gigabit capable network using hybrid technology.
Quickline chief executive Sean Royce said: “The opening of our new facility represents another major investment in the local economy by Quickline.
“It will provide us with an essential, dedicated space to train our people to the highest standard, so they can deliver the outstanding service our customers deserve.
“The test laboratory will also enable our experts to develop new and innovative services with our existing 5G and fibre technologies, as we continue to deliver on our mission to ensure rural communities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire aren’t left behind.”