Providing street lighting solutions for two Scottish councils

26 June 2018
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Amey is delivering street lighting programmes for two Scottish councils – installing street lights with energy efficient LED lamps in Edinburgh while undertaking maintenance of road lighting and traffic sign lighting for Inverclyde council.

Amey has begun preliminary design and preparatory works for a three-year programme to install energy efficient street lights across Edinburgh, after being awarded a contract to replace existing traditional discharge lamps with the latest high technology energy-efficient LED lights.

This follows the announcement in November last year that Amey are installing 56,000 new LED luminaires to street lights in Manchester, in a three-year contract for Manchester City Council. Amey is the first organisation to adopt large scale LED street lighting (on the Birmingham Highways Management and Maintenance PFI Contract) and has installed over 200,000 LED lights across the UK so far.

Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes said: “When we rolled out these energy efficient lights as a pilot project in 2014, they were very well received by local residents, who told us they preferred the crisper, brighter light to the orangey glow of the old, inefficient street lights. We are now planning to roll out energy-efficient street lights to communities right across Edinburgh, in a programme that will last until the end of 2020.”

In addition to delivering significant energy reductions, this work will see savings for the council of £54m over 20 years. Replacing the old inefficient lanterns will also help Edinburgh reduce CO2 emissions and comply with Scottish Government energy efficiency legislation.

The Inverclyde Council contract will see Amey maintain over 13,000 street lights, 1,000 traffic sign lights and 600 items of ancillary electrical equipment for Inverclyde council in a contract worth over £660,000. Amey has managed the Inverclyde Lighting Maintenance service in Inverclyde since its first contract in January 2014. This new contract builds on the success of our work to maintain the council’s lighting infrastructure and replace existing street lights with new LED lanterns.

Councillor Michael McCormick, Convener for Environment and Regeneration, said: “Inverclyde Council is pleased to be working with Amey on the delivery of the new lighting maintenance contract for the coming year. Amey has maintained the street lighting in Inverclyde for the last previous four years and in that period we have received an excellent level of service.”

Amey’s Business Director for Street Lighting Barry Hale said: “We are delighted to have secured a new contract with Inverclyde Council to deliver its street lighting maintenance. This win will allow us to build on our long-term relationship with the council to enable us to bring real benefits for the local community.

We are also excited to be installing these LED lights across Edinburgh. We are leaders in this field, having installed more LED lamps in the UK than any other contractor. This is exciting technology and we are proud to be rolling it out across Scotland’s capital.”


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