Costain gets £2m to bring smart lighting to Bradford

28/05/2020
Dominic Browne

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

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

This will reduce the 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 the equivalent of £189m over 50 years.

The new, energy-efficient, LED lights will be controlled by a central management system, which will allow remote control of the assets and deliver significant environmental and safety benefits as well as provide the backbone for the inclusion of additional Internet of things (IoT) solutions.

The ability to support a wide range of emerging IoT technologies will help future-proof the work, and Costain has vowed to work with the council to help ensure additional IoT capabilities can be easily enabled to measure things like road temperatures, air pollution, road gully condition or river levels.

Sue Kershaw, transportation managing director, Costain, said: 'Our relationship with Bradford Council, which focuses on partnership and outcomes, has allowed us to reach back into our organisation to deliver additional capacity, capability, resilience and flexibility in a range of areas to support our client and keep the transport infrastructure services working.'

This latest scheme builds on Costain’s three-year relationship with Bradford, which has seen it become the authority's strategic delivery partner working on the development of a £500m vision for capital delivery in the city.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: 'The appointment of Costain to the strategic delivery partner role has given Bradford the confidence that we have the right people helping us achieve [the desired] outcomes based on our experience of their involvement in our programmes of transport investment in the district.'

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