£205,663 saved each year by the council with new lighting systems in public buildings

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has partnered with Lynx Group, turnkey LED lighting specialists, to help Stoke-on-Trent City Council make energy efficiencies across its property portfolio – saving thousands in a boost to the environment.  New energy-efficient LED lighting systems have been installed across the council’s property portfolio in a 9-month project to enhance the lighting environment across the estate.

The joint investment scheme has guaranteed significant energy savings and cut carbon emissions of 437 tonnes each year.  The new lighting systems have reduced lighting loads by 76 per cent with annual savings of £205,663.

The new energy-efficient lighting systems have been installed in the Civic Centre and Town Hall, in Stoke; Swann House administrative centre, John Street Multi-Storey Car Park, in Hanley; Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton; Hanley Market, and in three sports and leisure facilities – Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Dimensions Leisure Centre and New Horizons Sport and Leisure Centre.

In total 5,440 energy-efficient LED luminaires were installed, saving the council 1,413,785 kWhrs per annum.

The 10-year lease scheme has already provided significant value for money, with costs being covered by the savings over the lifetime of the programme.  Smart Infrastructure is contracted to fit and maintain the new systems designed and be guaranteed by Siemens as part of the agreement.

Councillor Carl Edwards, Cabinet Member said: “We have a responsibility to our residents to ensure we get the very best value for money throughout the running of our operations and this scheme has helped deliver greater efficiencies and saved money for the city.

“In addition, we have significantly reduced carbon emissions in our key public buildings which supports our commitment to protecting and improving our environment.  By entering into this agreement with an industry leader we have delivered improvements in our public buildings with reduced running costs, which has been good news for people in the city.”

On the initiative, Carl Ennis, Managing Director Siemens Smart Infrastructure said: “We are delighted to have supported the council in its mission to drive down energy costs and reduce carbon emissions across the district.  This has been an ambitious upgrade, spread across multiple sites and public buildings, that has delivered significant financial and environmental savings.  Against a backdrop of rising energy costs, shrinking budgets and a demand for lower-carbon targets, the move to a modern energy-efficient lighting system has provided both better value for taxpayers and a sustainable greener environment for the future.”

Dave Kelly, Siemens Project Manager for the Lighting Project: “Siemens has been collaborating with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop potential energy projects as part of the 2020 ‘Stronger Together’ strategy.  While there have been multiple energy saving opportunities, the lighting replacement programme represented its fastest route to making a difference.  By freeing up the capital being spent on energy bills the council now has greater financial freedom to divert funds for other essential services across the borough.  The project showcases the merits of a successful public private sector partnership.”

Commenting on the installation, Darren Walsh, Lynx Group Managing Director: “This project really does demonstrate what can be achieved, when focus is placed on meaningful collaboration.  The way in which Siemens and Stoke City Council embraced the project from the outset was incredible, they provided support at every stage and worked diligently in pursuit of a successful outcome.  Being part of a project team, that worked proactively & collaboratively in this way, was an absolute pleasure.”

Lynx Group commenced work on the installation in August 2019.  The project was delivered while all the buildings were fully operational, with working hours adapted to suit each buildings’ operational requirements, type and use.  The assignment was completed at the end of May 2020, ahead of schedule.

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