The need for change within the council’s street lighting service was driven by:
The council recognised that by replacing the existing inefficient lanterns with advanced energy efficient lighting, that this would not only significantly reduce the amount of lighting faults but it would also reduce the amount of electricity being consumed; thus reducing the electricity bills, carbon outputs and the authorities revenue spend on both reactive and cyclic maintenance works.
Capita’s street lighting team designed a solution to retrofit 9000 lanterns of the council’s existing street lighting stock with energy efficient LED lighting. We retained the existing street lighting columns that were proven structurally sound and replaced 1200 columns that were no longer fit for purpose.
Before implementing the retrofit programme and working closely with Inverclyde council’s lighting engineer, we completed onsite inspections, making sure every light asset was photographed and documented, recording current condition and any electrical information required for the retrofit. This was then passed to the council in order for them to update their own management information system (MIS) on their current lighting assets. From this data a bespoke geographical programme, which included product requirements and detailed designs that meet British standards, was presented to the client.
In replacing the 9000 LED lanterns (which have a 20 year life span) across Inverclyde, the local authority is already realising significant savings across its revenue budget.
Over the next 20 years
As well as realising significant carbon savings, the new lighting and better visibility also helps to reduce the amount of road traffic accidents and increases road safety for pedestrians when walking in the hours of darkness. The police are in full support of this project as the improved lighting assists with the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour and better imagery detection from CCTV.
By introducing this project, the council has met street lighting investment objectives and has:
I just wanted to thank everyone involved in replacing the old sodium orange street lights with the new LED soft white ones. It had made such a difference when I go out at night! The new lighting is clearly more environmentally friendly and economical, so congratulations all round, and keep up the good workResident of Blackburn
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The sheer volume of planning applications dealt with by Capita has been very impressive and helped us immensely during a period when our planning section was under severe pressureRichard Evans, Principal Planner, Warrington Borough Council