Northumberland County Council has launched a £25 million project to modernise all street lighting lamps throughout the county, beginning in August this year.
The authority this week announced it has appointed Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited, part of the national house building and construction group, to deliver the design contract for the project.
Up to 16,000 street lighting columns will be replaced and all street lamps will be fitted with new eco-friendly and fully controlled LED lantern units with the capability to vary the lighting levels, while maintaining public safety.
All public buildings and signs will be down lighted with LEDs instead of floodlighting with tungsten lights. This follows the recent dark skies award granted to Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park in December 2013.
Barry Rowland, executive director (Place), at Northumberland County Council said: “This is a huge task to completely modernise our street lighting in the county.
“We expect to make savings in excess of 50% in both the energy and maintenance budgets through the investment in new technology, which should achieve savings of around £200,000 per year.”
Matthew Burke, highway maintenance director of Galliford Try Infrastructure, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the design contract by Northumberland County Council. We have a strong track record in streetlighting and other highways works and look forward to bringing our experience to bear on this exciting, new project which will have such far-reaching and long-lasting benefits for the county.”
The project will be delivered over a three-year period through a joint venture with Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited.
The contractor will have responsibility for design during the duration of the project. The contractor will also work with the council to develop a programme of works for the project that will be published on the council website, and updated as the project progresses.