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London borough switches on to LED

The replacement programme will begin in January 2017 and is scheduled to run for two and a half years

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New LED lanterns will be monitored and controlled remotely across the borough
New LED lanterns will be monitored and controlled remotely across the borough
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Urban Control's management system will help harness the power of smart city technology

The upgrade process will include 2,500 column replacements, inclusive of ICP transfers

VolkerHighways has secured a £4.7m contract from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to replace nearly 16,000 street lights with LED lanterns.

 

Beginning in January next year, the programme is scheduled to run for two and a half years.

 

In addition to replacing 15,890 street lights, the upgrade process will include 2,500 column replacements, inclusive of ICP transfers.

 

The contract will also see the first full UK borough-wide installation of the Urban Control central management system (CMS), which aims to help organisations harness the power of smart city technology, by equipping them with the knowledge and tools to build energy and money-saving solutions, based around their communities’ needs.

 

According to VolkerHighways the CMS will enable the borough to monitor and control lanterns remotely, resulting in energy, carbon and monetary savings.

 

As the existing provider for London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s street lighting term maintenance contract, the company has already installed 1,000 LED lanterns within the area. An additional 18,000 LED lanterns have also been installed in the neighbouring borough of Havering.

 

“Replacing street lamps with newer, better lights demonstrates why this borough has a positive future,” said councillor Lynda Rice, cabinet member for environment and street scene at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. “The new lights will help make our streets safer for pedestrians and motorists and will be more cost effective and environmentally friendly too.”

 

“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, building on the successful relationship we have had with the borough since 2011, through our current lighting maintenance contract,” added Alistair Thompson, managing director, VolkerHighways.

 

“The introduction of a fully controlled LED street lighting system across the borough will enhance the lighting of the borough’s streets and reduce energy costs for the council.”

 

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