VolkerHighways to install 16,000 LED lights in London borough


VolkerHighways has been awarded a £4.7m street lighting contract with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The contract, which will begin in January and is scheduled to run for two and a half years, will include the replacement of 15,890 street lights with new LED lanterns.

VolkerHighways will install 15,890 LED lanterns

The upgrade process will include 2,500 column replacements and what VolkerHighways said will be the first full UK borough-wide installation of the Urban Control central management system (CMS).

Alistair Thompson, managing director of VolkerHighways said: ‘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.

‘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.’

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

VolkerHighways said its Urban Control system ‘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’.

Barking and Dagenham’s CMS will offer it the ability to monitor and control lanterns remotely, which should result in energy, carbon and financial savings.

As the current provider of Barking and Dagenham’s street lighting term maintenance contract, VolkerHighways has already installed 1,000 LED lanterns in the area.


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