Summers Quay to become the first residential development to connect to Tameside’s ‘dark fibre’ network

Summers Quay in Tameside is one of the first residential schemes in the country to benefit from full fibre connectivity as part of a new partnership between digital service providers Simply IP, Tameside Council and housing provider Jigsaw Homes Group.

11km of fibre cable has been installed at Summers Quay, Jigsaw Group’s first private rent development in Stalybridge as part of Tameside’s new ‘dark fibre’ network.

Each of the 67 one and two-bed apartments at the scheme will receive end-to-end full fibre connectivity through a free gigabit wireless dual-band router which will be ready to use upon move in.

There will be equal download and upload speeds of up to 50MB for £15 per month giving tenants a faster network for streaming movies and watching video content.

The Simply IP service provides unlimited usage, no traffic management and no contract.
Upgrades will also be available and tenants will have free access to a dedicated Summers Quay microsite to report repairs to New Charter Homes.

A microwave radio antenna on the roof of the building at Armentieres Square will further support the resilience of the network.

Steven McCrory, Network Director at Simply IP said: “Summers Quay will be the latest Simply IP residential installation where each apartment will receive business grade service and connectivity and our work delivering full fibre residential internet services in Tameside has been ground breaking for Greater Manchester.”

Summers Quay, due for completion this July, is an alternative to urban living within a sub-urban setting. More than one third of apartments have already been reserved off-plan.

A one-bed apartment with a courtyard view starts from £575 per calendar month (pcm) and £595pcm for a canal side view. Two-bed apartments with en suites are priced at £675pcm for a courtyard view and £695pcm for canal side. There are also six penthouse apartments priced at £750pcm and £775pcm. 53 car parking spaces are available for a small additional charge. Apartment rental prices include a service charge.

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Show home launch weekend

Show homes will available to view during a launch event at Grosvenor Street, SK15 2JN, on Saturday 28 April (11:30am until 3:30pm). Viewings can also be made on Sunday 29 April (10 until 12 noon) by appointment only. Please contact Taylor and Wood if you are interested in viewing or reserving an apartment on or 07843 167 800. You can also book online at

John Ardern, Director of Development at Jigsaw Group added: “Summers Quay is our first private rent scheme and we’re excited to work with partners to bring some of the very best products to our tenants and we look forward to welcoming people to take a look around our stunning new show homes later this month.”