Starting in 2010 work will begin in Coventry to replace the street lighting.
Balfour Beatty in partnership with Coventry City Council, will carry
out the work as part of a multi-million pound contract to improve lighting. The 25-year concession
will involve the design, installation and maintenance of street lights, signs and bollards during the 5-year investment period, and the ongoing maintenance
of all existing and new equipment.
The key benefits of the PFI contract include:
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- Installation of 28,700 new lighting columns
- Replacement of 5,400 illuminated traffic signs and bollards
- Reduced energy consumption and CO2 emmissions
- Light targeted downwards to reduce light pollution
- Upgrading and adapting existing lighting columns that have been installed in the
last five years which are compliant and will not be replaced as part of the PFI
- The provision of state of the art technology which will enable the council to have
a flexible approach to street lighting and to be proactive with the early detection
of defective lighting
The contract will deliver a number of technical innovations which add up to a 38%
energy reduction across the city including a centrally-controlled dimming system
to allow light levels to be reduced when streets are quiet.
Cllr Lindsley Harvard, Cabinet Member (City Services), said
"The new street lighting will be the envy of other cities and will help improve the environment and make the city safer
at night. We'll be using state-of-the-art
lighting systems that will provide us with significant savings on our energy bills".
Ian Tyler, Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty, said
"We look forward to working in partnership with Coventry City Council to transform
the city's street lighting. We will develop infrastructure within the area
to enable us to deliver the contract and will create local employment opportunities".