Volker wins £27m contract to upgrade lights in three boroughs

VolkerHighways will replace more than 38,000 street lights in Reading, Slough and Wokingham in April 2016 as part of a £27 million LED upgrade and maintenance project.

The project in the three boroughs will involve the supply and installation of 38,651 energy efficient LED lanterns which includes the replacement of 11,323 lighting columns.

The newly upgraded lighting will be connected to three individual central management systems (CMS) which allow each borough council to monitor, dim or turn off the street lights as they require. As part of the contract, VolkerHighways will provide council staff with comprehensive training on their new CMS.

David Easton, VolkerHighways lighting services manager said: “We are delighted to be working with Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils to upgrade their lighting stock and with Slough Borough Council to upgrade and maintain their new street lights.

“VolkerHighways has a long history of working with local authorities along the M4 corridor. We are the term maintenance contractor for West Berkshire Council and a highways contractor for Swindon Borough Council for whom we have carried out a variety of civil engineering contracts and we will be utilising this local knowledge and expertise during this new contract.”

The contract begins on 1 April 2016 and will be completed over a two-year period with the maintenance contract in Slough operating in the same time period with the option of a one-year extension.

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