Bournemouth and Poole to get LED street lights

A £21 million contact to maintain almost 41,000 street lights in Bournemouth and Poole over the next 10 years has been awarded to VolkerHighways.

As part of the contract, 17,500 street lights will be replaced in Poole with energy efficient LED lanterns and integrated central management system (CMS). This will involve the installation of 8,500 lanterns on existing lampposts between November 2015 and March 2016 and the replacement of the remaining 9,000 complete lamp posts over the next two to three years.

The 10-year maintenance contract will begin in April 2016 with a possible extension of two years after the original term. During the contract, VolkerHighways will provide ongoing maintenance of the street lighting stock for both Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole. Services will include routine maintenance and cleaning, fault repairs, electrical testing, structural testing and painting of the public lighting stock.

The newly-installed LED lanterns in Poole will be controlled by a centrally operated CMS which directly monitors the lights for maintenance issues as well as dim or turn them off if required. The system is expected to produce around £350,000 of savings per year once installation is complete.

David Easton, VolkerHighways lighting business manager said: “VolkerHighways has a long standing reputation in street light installation and maintenance and currently maintains over 160,000 street lights across our UK contracts. This adds to the highways maintenance work we currently undertake for local authorities across London and the south east.”

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