Amec Foster Wheeler


Amec Foster Wheeler awarded Kelly Group a contract to design and build temporary fibre diversion routes. This enabled them to undertake essential maintenance works on National Grid’s overhead power line infrastructure, for 12 separate schemes covering the rural townlands of Leeds and Bradford.

Scope of Work

  • Design the most cost effective solution to divert an existing fibre cable with live telecoms traffic covering distances of up to 2km
  • Site surveys, submission of CAD designs and road opening NRWSA licences  
  • Recommended all materials, such as fibre cabling, fibre joints and poling products
  • Pole installations, civil engineering works, overhead & underground cabling, fibre jointing and testing

Key success factors and innovations

  • Providing solutions that diverted fibre cables past motorway bridges such as the M1 Junction 41; avoiding business parks and farm lands; and minimising the impact of our works on local residents
  • All programme deadlines achieved for each scheme
  • Working in partnership with third party suppliers to meet strict project deadlines for handover work points
  • No property owners or landowner objections received in relation to pole locations
  • Liaising with the local community and local authorities, ensuring we had excellent cooperation at build stage
  • Building a bespoke IT solution that allowed our site survey officers to capture all network infrastructure information which could be displayed back to our design team in real time
  • Zero utility strikes or accidents due to robust method statements and safety procedures being adhered to at all times



Wood plc




Poles erected


Fibre cable installed


Civil excavation