Press Release

Bellway at QEII, a striking development of new homes in Welwyn Garden City, will be the first garden city housing development in the UK to offer its residents symmetrical gigabit speeds – 1,000Mbps – over 128 times faster than traditional ADSL services.

Homes are already available for sale in the development, which compromises 163 properties including houses and apartments. Each home is being connected with full fibre broadband from Hyperoptic, the UK’s leading Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband provider, which will enable residents to enjoy everything the Internet has to offer without compromise – HD movies can be downloaded in less than one minute and 4K content can be downloaded in minutes, rather than the hours it would take with a standard broadband connection.

Hyperoptic is setting the industry gold standard for fibre broadband in the UK. As the company installs its fibre directly into the building, it can enable symmetrical gigabit speeds.

All future residents of Bellway at QEII will receive an initial free, three-month trial of Hyperoptic’s 1Gb (gigabit) broadband and telephone line rental, as well as free evening and weekend calls to fixed UK landlines.

Steve Holford, Chief Customer Officer, at Hyperoptic comments: “For today’s modern family, having a reliable fast broadband connection is an essential utility that is prioritised in the same league as good schools, a safe neighbourhood and strong transport links. Having a full fibre connection makes a home more attractive for prospective family buyers. The difference between an ADSL connection and our full fibre service is like night and day – we have had phenomenal feedback from customers as we have extended our footprint across the length and breadth of the UK.”

This is the first housing development to be serviced via Hyperoptic, as the company has focused on apartments and multi-dwelling units to date. Hyperoptic is now actively engaged in discussions with developers who are building new homes across the UK, to coordinate installation of its award-winning Fibre-to-the-Premises broadband at the build stage and ensure that residents have access to its symmetrical gigabit speeds from day one.

Jody Bryant, Sales Manager for Bellway Homes North London comments: “Bellway at QEII is situated in one of the UK’s most desirable garden cities – the homes have been specially designed to give families all the space and contemporary services they could ever need from their home.

“We also recognised at an early stage that physical infrastructure is just one part of the puzzle that makes a desirable family home. Today’s modern family is reliant on an increasing number of connected devices and without a fast, reliable broadband connection it can seriously impact their quality of life and indeed family harmony.

“Full fibre broadband ensures that they should never have to worry about fluctuating speeds or peak time slowdowns, plus the property is future-proofed for any new advance in technology.”

The first phase of the development has now launched, off Howlands, on the site of the former QEII hospital. The homes in the Hertfordshire town, known for its tree-lined boulevards, will enjoy a quiet position, surrounded by woodland and large open spaces that will appeal to families including first-time buyers and those who still want to commute into the capital.

Prices start at £319,995 for a two-bedroom coach house, £384,995 for a three-bedroom home and £484,995 for a four-bed home. For more information or to register your interest, visit or call 0333 202 5179.