May 31st 2017
Our contract is now 2 calendar months overdue and as yet not one of our 5 cabinets have been "lit".
This is a poor state of affairs and we have recently escalated the level of our concerns and invited Emma Howarth, who is the Openreach Programme Director for Infrastructure Delivery in the South West, Solent and M4 Corridor to get involved. We presented her with Openreach' Engineering most recent report and she has agreed to be personally involved in getting this contract delivered, with regular contact calls starting once the May Bank Holiday absences are out of the way; i.e. next week.
It was suggested that the 5 month gestation for approvals from the various authorities had set the project back and could be construed as 'Matters Beyond Our Reasonable Control'. We rejected this: Openreach had been working in the New Forest for many months on the BDUK expansion before our contract was signed and they were well aware of the delicacy - and possible timescales - of getting approval for cabinet sitings. Indeed, had HCP not assisted them in the correct approach to such applications and personally smoothed the pathway wherever possible, the time period would have far exceeded the 5 months that it took.
Further, we think it inconceivable that a major construction and delivery company such as Openreach would sit on their hands for 5 months until permissions had been granted before starting to plan the lead-times into the job, starting at the contracted delivery date and working backwards. So we believe it is wrong to even hint at MBORC.
We could detail the various problems here, but rather we want to assist the engineering group at Openreach wherever possible to achieve the end result in the shortest time. We are where we are, so we will be concentrating on maintaining pressure on the engineering team to keep their sub-contractors on hot coals until its done.
Peter, David, Roly and the HCP team