The Harlequin Group

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The Harlequin Group specialises in the deployment of new technologies, such as telecoms and IT, across the UK .

Founded in 1993, the group was set up to offer outstanding multi-site acquisition services to the telecoms industry.

The Harlequin Group was acquired in December 2021 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Telent. The Harlequin Group bring expert acquire, plan and design resources to Telent, that are highly complementary to Telent’s existing construct and build capability. Find out more about Telent.

Constant change and our commitment to continuous improvement has led us to develop and offer an increasing range of turnkey services, which are undertaken by our multi-disciplinary teams. In our experience professionally delivered and competitively priced services are no longer enough. Speed and innovation are now also essential.

The Harlequin Group has therefore trained and developed its experienced teams, contactors and consultants to be able to undertake and manage a broader range of services including site acquisition, town planning, surveying, estates management, structural & electrical design, CAD design, site build & integration and IT security services. This helps us to offer a seamless approach that is quicker and better able to meet the challenges we face today and in the future.

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Since 1993, we have worked on all of the UK telecom networks and have developed an excellent reputation for achieving outstanding results by deploying experienced multi-skilled teams that have a “right first time” approach.


We have offered site design services since 1998 and now have an experienced and diverse team of design professionals, including a network of contractors, who we can call upon to deliver difficult projects throughout the UK.


We first offered Build and Construction services in 2012 and now have a small but  experienced team who build sites around the UK.


Planning & Development

Our services in this area have evolved over time and we now offer a wide range of planning & project development services to a number of industries.  We are particularly strong in the delivery of high volume projects where speed and cost are challenging.

Over the past 10 years we have seen the convergence of many technologies and have therefore added IT skills and services to our multi-skilled teams. This allows us to offer a broader range of services, which often enables us to be more innovative and achieve more challenging targets. We also have an excellent reputation for delivering IT security services.


David Summers BSc (Hons.) MRICS
Managing Director

David is a Chartered Surveyor who founded The Harlequin Group in 1993 and has been instrumental in its growth. His work in the telecoms and property industries began in 1987 and previously he worked as a planning and development surveyor for Trafalgar House and Wimpey Construction Developments where he worked on a number of high profile property developments and refurbishments.

Bruce Moir
Group Director

Bruce joined the Harlequin Group in 2012 and is our main Board Director responsible for Design & Build.  He now has over 25 years telecoms experience and has previously undertaken important roles with Telefonica (O2) and other Operators.  He has also managed large scale commercial redevelopments ranging from the refurbishment of Listed Buildings to construction of Switching Centres.

Russell Frith BSc (Hons)
Group Director

Russell has a property degree from Reading University and joined The Harlequin Group in 1999. He opened our Scotland office in 2002 and he has driven our expansion in Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland, as well as being heavily involved in winning many national contracts. He now manages work for many of our clients on a national basis.


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