Bradford awards smart street lighting project to Costain


Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain has won a £2m consultancy programme management contract to deliver Bradford Council’s Smart Street Lighting project.

This will involve the replacement of 59,000 lights and 17,000 lampposts across the city over a period of four years.

The new, energy-efficient, LED lights will be controlled by a CMS (central management system) that will allow remote control of illumination levels (switch on/off times only), which will reportedly deliver significant environmental and safety benefits.

The CMS also provides the backbone for the inclusion of additional IoT solutions. The project will reduce the Bradford Council’s street lighting power consumption by 65% and its carbon emissions by over 6,000 tonnes per year, helping the council to meet its climate change strategy targets and saving taxpayers an estimated £189m over 50 years.

Furthermore, the ability to support a wide range of emerging IoT technologies will potentially assist the council in making further cost savings in other areas in the future.

Costain will help Bradford Council reduce cost and carbon via a smart street lighting project and strategic delivery plan for regeneration projects

Costain will work with Bradford Council to ensure additional IoT capabilities can be enabled to measure things such as road temperatures, air pollution, road gully condition or river levels to more effectively target maintenance and capital programmes.

This latest consultancy contract win builds on Costain’s three-year relationship with Bradford, which has culminated in current status as strategic delivery partner and the development of a high level plan to give an overall picture of £500m worth of capital delivery programmes within the city.

According to Costain, the plan ensures effective integration and governance of the programmes associated with the Transforming Cities Fund, which seeks to improve productivity and prosperity through sustainable transport development, as well as other road, rail and multi-modal programmes.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, Bradford Council, said: “Bradford’s Smart Street Lighting programme represents a major investment in one of the biggest assets of the council – our 59,000 street lighting columns.

“The ability to ensure effective delivery of the contract was paramount in Bradford’s approach to seeking a delivery partner with the skills, knowledge and ability to drive both the financial savings and the associated positive contribution to our CO2 emissions, which are key outputs over the next five years.

“The appointment of Costain to the strategic delivery partner role has given Bradford the confidence that we have the right people helping us achieve these outcomes based on our experience of their involvement in our programmes of transport investment in the district.“

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