Gateshead LRP Scheme

The town of Gateshead is situated in the North East of England in the ceremonial county of Tyne and Wear, and within the historic boundaries of County Durham. it is in the rain shadow of the North Pennines and is therefore in one of the driest regions of the United Kingdom.

Historically part of County Durham, under the Local Government Act 1888 the town has been administered as part of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead within the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear. 

The Office for National Statistics defines the town as an urban sub-division. The latest (2011) ONS urban sub-division of Gateshead contains the historical County Borough together with areas that the town has absorbed, including Dunston, Felling, Heworth, Pelaw and Bill Quay.

Given the proximity of Gateshead to Newcastle, just south of the River Tyne from the city centre, it is sometimes incorrectly referred to as being a part of Newcastle. Gateshead County Council (GCC) and Newcastle City Council teamed up in 2000 to create a unified marketing brand name, Newcastle Gateshead, to promote the whole of the Tyneside conurbation.

Gateshead Council have decided to carry out a 2-year programme to re-design the lighting for traffic routes throughout the borough, including existing columns of 8, 10 and 12 metre column heights and varying heights on overhead electricity supply poles. The programme consists of 21 patrol areas ranging from 237 to 1241 units.

Stainton Lighting Design Services (SLDS) were commissioned by GCC n 2018 to undertake the lighting design for the entirety of the project. The aim was to replace all existing, outdated lighting to more energy efficient LED. This mass change along with the borough-wide, traffic flow dependent, dimming programme, would help to reduce the councils carbon footprint significantly, help with maintenance and produce a better quality of light.

The lighting design submission was to include drawings indicating the positions of all lighting columns, ID number, height, inclination, outreach and lantern specification. Each street would be uniquely designed with the best choice of lantern for the design parameters in question, considering traffic count while maximising energy savings.

SLDS are currently working through each patrol, carrying out all lighting designs to the appropriate lighting class ranging throughout most M Class traffic routes. Special attention has been given to roundabouts, junctions and conflict areas. The existing lighting has included 8m-12m lighting columns, 5m-7m overhead electric pole boxes and occasionally wall mounted units. Our scope of works include regular client progress and design meetings, this in turn assisted with the development of each patrol's overall design and completion to the best possible standards. SLDS have also provided technical assistance in the development of the project parameters and contributed to the production of a simple design guide with a design works pack to help with installation and inventory upkeep.