Ultrafast broadband deployment is the largest of its kind in the UK

More than 10,500 new properties on the 443-acre Barking Riverside brownfield site on the northern banks of the River Thames will be able to get ultrafast fibre broadband as a result of a deal between the developer and Openreach.

Openreach, the company responsible for the majority of the UK’s local phone and broadband network, will build fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology capable of ultrafast speeds up to 1Gbps for properties on the site – which will include a mix of family housing, apartments, schools, retail, community and leisure facilities.

Barking Riverside is the largest of 9,877 new housing developments totalling more than 240,000 new premises across the UK to benefit from an FTTP contract with Openreach since the launch of the scheme last year.

Work to install fibre to properties being built as part of the 20 year project will begin within the next few months. Openreach is set to build ultrafast broadband to serve around 460 houses, 9,000 flats and a thousand businesses, providing access to the fastest broadband speeds in the UK.

The Barking development is managed by Barking Riverside Limited –a joint venture between the London & Quadrant New Homes and the Mayor of London.

Ian Millard, Technical Director at Barking Riverside Ltd, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Openreach to deliver some of the fastest fibre broadband in the UK to over 10,000 homes across the Barking Riverside development.”

As part of ambitious plans to make ultrafast broadband speeds available to up to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020 – Openreach will now build FTTP infrastructure for free to all new housing developments with 30 or more homes.