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17 January 2023

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UK Connect announce exclusive national contract to provide Cala Group’s sites with connectivity and managed IT services

UK Connect’s Cellular Broadband connectivity solution will fully replace on-site fixed-line services and traditional I.T. systems

UK Connect and Cala Group

– Exclusive deal finds UK Connect enabling all Cala Homes and Legal & General Homes construction sites with the latest 5G and I.T. connectivity solutions

– Traditional connectivity infrastructure, including Fibre Broadband, can take months to go live on new sites  

– Cala’s on-site team will receive fully managed I.T. services from day one including Cellular Broadband, Network Operations Centre (NOC) and a 24/7 I.T. Support Helpdesk

Since 2018, UK Connect has provided many of Cala Group’s construction site offices and sales suites with rapid Cellular Broadband connectivity. After working closely together for so many years, UK Connect is excited to announce the two companies have signed an exclusive national contract, which finds UK Connect expanding its offering to all Cala Group sites, with the latest 5G connectivity and Managed I.T. solutions.  

The challenges UK Connect solved

Like many housebuilders, prior to taking on UK Connect’s I.T. solutions in 2018, Cala Group relied on traditional wired infrastructure and connectivity, such as Copper and Fibre Broadband to power its construction sites, both of which can take many months for utility providers to install and to go live. UK Connect’s Cellular Broadband solution resolves this issue as it can be installed in just a few days, enabling Cala’s teams to have full connectivity and fast communication from day one.

In addition to UK Connect’s Cellular Broadband solution, Cala Group will now also be provided with a range of flexible Managed I.T. solutions that are secure, scalable, Enterprise grade and fit for the future, helping to support the housebuilders’ business objectives.  

New partnership  

As part of this exclusive national deal, UK Connect will provide Cala Group with:

– Fully Managed I.T. Services

UK Connect will take full responsibility for the end-to-end deployment and ongoing support of the I.T. solutions and product portfolio being deployed on Cala Group construction sites. UK Connect will provide day one connectivity via Cradlepoint’s 5G Enterprise-Grade routers, wireless connectivity through a partnership with Ruckus networks, VoIP telephony solutions and onsite I.T. hardware.

Cradlepoint are the world’s foremost expert in wireless Edge solutions with the ability to unlock the power of 4G LTE and 5G cellular networks, while Ruckus pushes the boundaries of communications technology to create the world’s most advanced Wi-Fi networks.

– Full Set-up

UK Connect will ensure all Cala Group’s onsite I.T. resources are fully installed, set-up and configured from day one.  

– 24/7 Support

Lastly, UK Connect will provide 24/7 proactive and reactive support, via a Network Operations Centre (NOC) and I.T. Support Helpdesk, ensuring Cala Group has access to an always-on service. Furthermore, UK Connect’s national network of professional engineering teams will be available to support Cala Group’s nationwide I.T needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are delighted that Cala Group has chosen us as its national exclusive Managed I.T. Service Provider for its construction sites. As a longstanding customer of ours, we have built a trusted relationship with Cala’s central I.T. operations and regional businesses, and are excited to be building on this relationship over the coming years. Our unrivalled technology solutions, combined with our national network engineering teams, means that we are in a fantastic position to support Cala’s sites across the UK.
PJ Farr UK Connect founder

PJ Farr

Founder and CEO

UK Connect

In order to meet the needs and expectations of our customers, communities, and our people, it’s important that we continually invest in improving our business. At Cala, we are embracing change by digitising our site processes and customer experience. We want to enable our teams to work flexibly with the best-in-class tools to help us connect, collaborate and communicate more easily, wherever we are. By employing the best systems, Cala is ensuring we continue to give our team and our customers a great experience, a top priority for us as a housebuilder.   All of this must be underpinned by reliable, day-one connectivity, so we are delighted to continue to work with UK Connect to help us achieve these goals.
Cala Group

Matt Cavanagh

I.T. Director

Cala Group

About UK Connect

Established in 2013, UK Connect is one of the nation’s leading I.T. Managed Service Providers. UK Connect has transformed the construction industry – enabling housebuilders and construction companies to improve how they communicate, collaborate and work. UK Connect also works in other sectors including the Armed Forces, Enterprise and Hospitality, as it continues to drive I.T. growth in every corner of the UK. Find out more at www.ukconnect.com

For all media-related enquiries, please contact [email protected]

About Cala Group (Cala Homes and Legal & General Homes)

Cala Group is a major UK home builder focused on building well-designed, high-quality homes in prime locations throughout the South of England, the Cotswolds and Scotland. Cala started as the City of Aberdeen Land Association in 1875 and was the first Scottish company listed on the London Stock Market. Today, Cala Group is a subsidiary of Legal & General and comprises the Cala Homes and Legal & General Homes brands. Cala Group employs over 1,300 people across 10 offices and has around 75 live developments at any time.  

Cala was awarded the maximum 5 Star rating in the Home Builders Federation’s National New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey 2022*, for the fifth year running. The independent survey found that 95% of our customers would recommend Cala to a friend.

In 2021 Cala Group sold 2,904 homes, resulting in a turnover of £1.24bn and profit before tax (before exceptional items and revaluations) of £132m.  

Cala is proud to have Samaritans as its national charity partner. Cala’s support will help to ensure that Samaritans can continue to be there for anyone who is struggling to cope. In turn, Samaritans provides training to help equip Cala’s staff – as well as employees of its subcontractors – with the skills to take care of their own wellbeing and that of their colleagues.

Cala has made a commitment to help fight the effects of climate change on the planet by:

– Building homes that are operationally net zero carbon enabled before 2030.

– Reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Scottish Government’s 2045 target and ahead of UK Government’s 2050 target.

– For further information visit www.cala.co.uk or www.landghomes.com

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