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UK Fibre Builder Lightspeed Broadband Creates HQ in Spalding

Friday, May 28th, 2021 (11:04 am) - Score 1,536
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Lincolnshire-based ISP Lightspeed Broadband, which is building a new gigabit speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the East of England as part a £300m project (here), has today announced that it will be creating its new headquarters at Fulney Hall, an 18th century Grade II listed building, in the market town of Spalding.

The operator, which only started their rollout last month with an initial team of 100 engineers, plans to cover 100,000 homes and businesses with their new full fibre network by 2022, and after that they also hold an ambition to reach 1 million UK premises by 2025.

Unsurprisingly, the town that Lightspeed has chosen for their HQ is also among one of the first ten locations to benefit from their initial rollout, including – Boston, Bourne, Holbeach, King’s Lynn and South Wootton, Long Sutton, Market Deeping, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford.

The building itself is a 2000 sq ft 18th century hall that occupies a high-profile position on Holbeach Road, close to Springfields Retail Outlet. The site, which has stood empty for a number of years but will now be restored, is to become the focus of all Lightspeed’s operations, including infrastructure build, network and customer service operations, as well as other head office departments, with 30 people being based there.

Dave Axam, COO of Lightspeed Broadband, said:

“We are very excited that we will be basing all our operations in Spalding, at Fulney Hall. It’s the ideal base for our growing team and it’s clearly an important part of South Holland’s heritage. We’re looking forward to sensitively restoring the wonderful old building in keeping with its history and getting involved with the local community.

Spalding is positioned at the very heart of our area and work has started on building our full fibre network in the town. We are moving at ‘light speed’ to bring a gigabit full fibre connection directly to local residents and businesses across South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk.”

Pictured Top – Dave Carter, Build Director at Lightspeed Broadband (Front), Simon Stone, Retailer Director at Springfields, and Sean Milligan, Build Manager (Back) celebrating the lease signing at Fulney Hall.

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17 Responses
  1. A_Builder says:

    Interesting taking on a listed building as an HQ.

    An expensive way of getting office space as it will be hard to modify.

    There must be another driver to that other than liking old stuff and restoring old stuff is my main interest: although that makes zero financial sense as a contractor either!

    1. John H says:

      The most recent hi profile example being Norton and Castle Donington, bankruptcy came along a few years later after moving in. New owners have departed hastily pointing out it was hard to run manufacturing in a stately home.

    2. A_Builder says:

      Yup, people get seduced by the looks of the place.

      Generally it is then my job to break the news to them that what they want to do with it: they cannot do with a Listed Building!

    3. Buggerlugz says:

      Is that because you’re “a builder”? 🙂

    4. A_Builder says:

      The most annoying part of my job is that honesty is not treated with respect.

      If you say X costs £Y, and it is not the “price me happy price” then you are a con artist. The client then goes and gets a price of £Y – £Z but as £Z = the “unforeseens” they actually pay £Y.

      In the last 20 years I’ve only had three clients big enough to admit they £Y was the correct number and they were wrong not to accept it.

      Human nature.

    5. Wfo says:

      You’re probably not surprised to know it’s exactly the same on multi million and billion pound projects too. Sub contractors tendering for work give stupidly low offers below profit knowing they’ll make it back on variations. But agreed on the smaller stuff, business owners want everything for nothing and home owners think you’re a cowboy if they don’t take pride in their own work.

  2. Damien says:

    This is good – I hope to hear that they are building in this area soon 🙂

    1. Damien says:

      Also have they realised Netopia of whoever it is is also building there? Ouch!

    2. Damien says:

      https://www.realla.co.uk/details/21486990

      This suggests there are only offices to rent? and they signed the lease but they won’t be allowed to modify it? The whole building can only take 30 people apparently and there were only 2 offices available?

  3. Dagnis Straupmanis says:

    Plenty of digging and new cable lay down in Boston right now. FTTP?

    1. N/a says:

      On the high street yeah it’s going in (near the white hart by the river) netomnia they’re called and part of this project

    2. Damien says:

      No Netomnia are their own provider – they are nothing to do with Lightspeed – the 2 contractors with lightspeed are Plancast and RCU Solutions

    3. Damien says:

      They are going right past Lightspeed’s HQ!

    1. Rob says:

      Perhaps Lightspeed are just reselling in this network then?

    2. Damien says:

      No they are building their own network – I can see Boston is getting started in the next 2 weeks – they are literally building their network right past where Netomnia are coming into the city – which is brutal 😀

  4. Damien says:

    They are starting building in Boston next week – I suspect they are going there first as Netomnia is also building there- but it’s good to see them starting to roll out – let’s hope it’s to more towns than just the ones who have 3 providers already.

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