smart controls and LEDs upgrade 43,000 street lights


Bouygues Energies & Services awarded Suffolk County Council street lighting contract

smart controls and LEDs upgrade 43,000 street lights

Bouygues to upgrade 43,000 street lights with LEDs and smart controls for Suffolk County Council, UK

Bouygues Energies & Services (Bouygues E&S), a global leader in street lighting and energy services, has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Street Lighting with smart controls for Suffolk County Council (SCC). Bouygues E&S recently completed one of the largest LED conversion projects of this type in Europe for Kent County Council.

SCC and Bouygues E&S have joined forces to create a flagship partnership with the aim of reducing energy, minimizing light pollution and bringing down ongoing maintenance costs for the Authority, and providing the best value to residents. By replacing 43,400 street lighting lanterns with LED lanterns, SCC expects to reduce its annual electricity costs on these assets by around 76 percent, saving more than 1.7 million pounds a year.

The upgrade of the lighting system with smart controls will include a further rollout of SCC’s central management system which will allow lights to be switched on or off and dim individual or groups of lights. This smart technology will increase the control the Authority has over its power consumption which will further reduce costs. The system will also automatically flag any lights that are not working which reduces the need for night-time inspections.

The Street Lighting LED Upgrade contract with smart controls commenced in May 2021 and the scope of works includes:

  • Survey
  • Design to latest British and European Standards
  • Supply and installation of new LED Street Lighting with wireless control system
  • Removal of existing luminaires
  • Updating inventory
  • Verification

All roles will be advertised locally to Suffolk and Social Value activities undertaken throughout the period of the contract including volunteering days and presentations to local school children.

Bouygues Energies & Services Sales Director, Matt Fitzpatrick said:

“We are delighted to be working with Suffolk County Council and are proud to be awarded the LED street lighting upgrade. This is a wonderful project that will bring significant benefits to Suffolk by reducing energy consumption, improve the quality of street lighting across the County and support the Authority’s environmental plans in response to the climate emergency.” 

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Ipswich, Operational Highways and Flooding, Cllr Paul West said:

“I am dedicated to working on our mission to become a carbon neutral organization by 2030. This project is an extremely positive step, with thousands of streetlights being replaced with new, greener streetlights, with smart controls, whilst providing many other benefits.

“I look forward to seeing the project progress and reviewing the energy-saving results of these upgrades. I would like to offer my thanks to all the teams involved, particularly Bouygues Energies and Services.”

About Bouygues Energies & Services UK

Bouygues Energies & Services uses the expertise of its 12,500 employees and combined strength of a major group to provide distinctive design, build, maintenance, and operation of infrastructure, buildings, and industrial facilities throughout long-term partnerships.

Working to overcome technological, human, and environmental difficulties, Bouygues Energies & Services works to address the following challenges:

  • Energy efficient and cost-efficient street lighting
  • Efficient transport and traffic management
  • Generation and transmission of energy sources
  • New behaviours in towns and rural areas that support the smart city of the future
  • Increased digital requirements, everywhere and for everyone
  • Design and maintenance of smart buildings

About Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council is responsible for the maintenance and energy of over 60,000 street lights and 9,500 illuminated signs and bollards across the county.

There are also over 10,500 street lights owned by other authorities, including borough, district, town, or parish councils which the county council maintains on their behalf.

Suffolk is known for being a pioneer of smart street lighting and has secured multiple awards for its work with smart technologies in this arena; this work will further strengthen its capacity to respond to ever-changing needs.

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