Cerberus aren't pricing themselves out of anything. The quotes come from OpenReach.
The build fee goes to OpenReach.
Wether your desktop quote is £4k or £40k it would make no sense for Cerberus to try manipulate that price as every penny of it ends up in OpenReach pockets.
Is it more likely that one of them messed up or that Cerberus are just pricing themselves out of the work as they donít want to do it?
Cerberus don't do the work though...
They make no money from rejecting orders. That's not how to run a business.
The reason your price went from £1100 to £39000 is that OpenReach had a crazy pricing structure before based solely on distance.
They had the sense to amend that.
Your line could be DIG (direct in ground) with no ducting what so ever.
Under the old pricing it was fixed pricing no matter the layout of the local network.
Now OpenReach actually take in to account what works are involved and that it costs about £112 per meter to dig up a carriageway.
A couple hundred metres of that and your quote is sky high.
The desktop quotes are based on (often poor, incomplete or outdated) OpenReach records.
Only way to know for sure is to pay the survey fee.
Very few quotes now come in under £8k.
There was a few after the pricing changed but they all seem to have over £5k in Labour costs and a few £k in stores/civil stores now.
To add, in many cases the £39k was basically "we don't have a clue what work is involved so will throw you our maximum quote".
They stopped all the £39k quotes and now return with a message saying unable to quote, survey required.
Edited by j0hn83 (Thu 13-Feb-20 13:43:53)