VolkerHighways has been awarded a street lighting contract with Medway Council, worth over £9 million, that will see thousands of energy efficient lights installed across Medway in Kent. The work began on 24 August 2020 and will continue until July 2022.
The works will comprise the replacement of around 24,000 street lighting lanterns with efficient energy saving LEDs and the provision of a Central Management System (CMS). An additional 2,000 existing lanterns will also be retrofitted with CMS. By using LEDS with a CMS system, the lights can be controlled remotely, saving even more energy, minimising onsite maintenance and reducing costs for the council.
As part of this work, VolkerHighways will replace 3,500 concrete and 1,000 steel columns with aluminium units - a highly durable and aesthetically pleasing option. In heritage areas, a total of 1,350 lanterns will also be carefully refurbished or replaced with sympathetic designs.
The contract is additional to VolkerHighways’ five-year Highways Term Maintenance Contract with Medway Council and extends VolkerHighways’ existing coverage of the South East of the UK.
Alistair Thompson, managing director for VolkerHighways, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Medway Council and so are delighted to be awarded this additional street lighting contract. It’s great to be part of a project that will deliver real environmental change, with a highly efficient energy saving lighting solution, that incorporates smart, future- proofed systems. We look forward to continuing to provide a high-quality service, that will enable us to strengthen our existing relationship within the communities we serve.”
Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for Frontline Services, said: “I am pleased that thousands of energy efficient lights will be installed across Medway over the next two years. These lights consume less energy, reduce light pollution and support our ongoing work around climate change. The lighting upgrade also includes a new management system, which will allow us to switch the lights on and off and dim them, where necessary. This will give us better control over power consumption and the system will automatically notify us of any faults and reduce the need for regular inspections. This project is just one of many ways that we are seeking to reduce our carbon footprint, improve the environment within Medway and start to lay the foundations for our Smart City ambitions. I look forward to seeing the replacement works progress.”
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