In 2012, Southend-On-Sea Council reviewed their community lighting strategy and concluded that LED street lighting would provide residents with a more effective and sustainable solution. They went on to win £13.5m funding to install over 14,400 new LED streetlights in 95% of the borough, as part of a ‘Save to Invest’ scheme.
With an ageing demographic and increasing number of tourists, Southend-On-Sea’s street lighting had become inadequate, too costly to maintain, and often substandard. The Council identified that the scheme would have community benefits such as: better home security, improved night-time visibility, and an enhanced visitor experience.
The coordination with piers, parks and subways was a challenge for Marlborough, as well as attempting to minimise disruption of 180,000 residents and business, completing 3.2m of linear metre carriageway in 34 zones and managing the supply/fit with an International supplier.
Client Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Date August 2015 – December 2017 Duration 30 months Value £13.5 million
Replacement of 6,400+ steel columns
Replacement of 1,000+ iron columns
Installation of a CMS unit (using a 7 pin system)
Installation of 3,200 new cast columns
Installation of 1,000+ new bollards
3,100 reflective signs
Material cost savings of £242,000 by summer 2016
Over 30% energy cost savings to date
Cost savings allowed the Council to replace an additional 1,300+ columns
Marlborough’s 12-year track record of managing Southend-on-Sea’s street lighting contract, which included installation and management of the 2013 trial of 1,500 LED streetlights, put them in a strong position. Lessons learned from the trial identified issues with the pre-programming software and helped solve early engineering and electrical compliance issues. This exercise developed Marlborough’s operational skills and technical know-how to manage the installation of equipment for the final scheme.
“It’s really nice to work with main contractor, who can work side-by-side and together as one team with suppliers, other contractors and providers. Marlborough’s way of working means we do not get many resident complaints.”
Richard Backhouse, Street Light Engineer, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
“One of the things I value most is their very collaborative and transparent team culture. It makes a big difference to have a contractor who wants to work closely with us and is supportive and responsive. With Marlborough, I get a team who are attentive, work collaboratively and honestly with me and don’t lose focus on delivering first class communications and compliance.”
Carly Norris, Project Manager Operations, London Borough of Hackney
“We saw huge benefits in appointing Marlborough as our full service contractor and we’re impressed – they’ve delivered consistent high quality service and superior quality control across every project. Marlborough, provide us with a ‘one-stop’ shop solution – we get the same quality of service and better control across all aspects of the project.”
Darren Bryant, Principal Engineer, London Borough of Enfield
“Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked with a lot of different contractors and Marlborough is one of the few companies that are passionate about delivery. With Marlborough we get one team, with the perfect blend of skills and experience: established gangs, proactive Project Managers and fully engaged Operations and Senior Directors. Time after time, Marlborough has proved themselves to us and pulled out all the stops to get the job done."
Rob Wybrow Construction Manager, Be First on behalf of Barking and Dagenham Council
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