LED upgrade delivers significant savings

LED upgrade delivers significant savings

District Council achieves significant energy savings following a lighting upgrade by APC

Working for a district council in the north of England, APC Lighting completed a full LED lighting upgrade of 15 of the council’s main operational buildings and car parks. The project was split over two phases resulting in aesthetic improvements and a more sustainable property portfolio.

The project was part of an Energy Performance Contract (EPC), delivered by the Council’s facilities management provider, under which the FM are implementing energy conservation measures (ECMs) across the Council’s property portfolio as part of a strategic partnership. LED lighting has formed a key element of the ECM programme due to the potential for significant energy savings and favourable payback periods.

APC Lighting took part in a competitive tender and were awarded with the project after demonstrating the best overall value and solution. In addition, APC Lighting has a strong history of working for the the FM provider to deliver successful lighting projects for public sector clients, including Haringey council and, more recently, a car park project for a council based in South West London Council.

APC Lighting’s solution

Following our site surveys and detailed design for each site, our team of estimators and designers specified suitable LED luminaires for each of the buildings within phase 1 and phase 2 of the programme. These included offices, town halls, swimming pools, leisure centres, libraries and car parks.

During the four month project, over 4,100 LED fittings were upgraded. APC Lighting installed a range of Northcliffe products, including IP-66 rated barat battens, corona D panels, floodlights and anti-vandal luminaires. The lighting engineers also incorporated built-in microwave presence detectors, allowing the lights to either turn off or dim down to low levels when areas are unoccupied, thereby delivering further energy savings. All products are covered by our 7 year parts warranty and met or exceeded existing Lux levels.

APC lighting developed a detailed project plan to coordinate resources, ensuring that simultaneous works across multiple and varied sites was carried out smoothly. Work was completed out of hours so that disruption to both council employees and service users was kept to a minimum. Effective project management was key to the project success as well as managing the expectations of individual stakeholders at each site. As a result of the lighting upgrade, the District Council has 15 energy efficient sites and created safer and more pleasant public areas.

Managing multiple site installations across the district, with numerous sites running at the same time, presented logistical challenges. Working closely with the council, APC had a centralised storage unit system for both new LED products and removed waste. This enabled just in time deliveries to be made to each site and for waste to be segregated and recycled in bulk. We are currently working on mobilising for Phase 3 which involves a further 14 sites.

Gavin Thompson, Project Manager, APC Lighting

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