Stockton LRP Scheme

The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees is situated in the north east of England, with a population of approx. 197,200. It is split between the ceremonial counties of Durham and North Yorkshire by the River Tees.

As part of the Carbon Designated Funds Project we have recently completed a design of a lighting upgrade on a section of the M1 Motorway in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Additionally we oversaw the installation and commissioning of the project.

The borough consists of Stockton-on-Tees and additional smaller outlying settlements. These include Billingham, also north of the Tees and Thornaby-on-Tees, Yarm and Ingleby Barwick south of the river. The whole Stockton-on-Tees borough accounts for the largest number of residents within the Teesside and Hartlepool urban area. It forms part of the Tees Valley city region when combined with the other neighbouring boroughs. The Borough has 26 wards with 1-3 Councillors representing each. There are 56 Councillors in total in the Borough of Stockton.

A three-year programme has recently been completed which saw Stockton Borough Council (SBC) invest around £14 million as part of a borough wide Lantern Replacement Programme (LRP). This will help to make savings of approximately £1.8 million per year from reduced energy and maintenance costs - the money saved aimed to be invested into other services.

Prior to these works starting, Stainton Lighting Design Services (SLDS) were commissioned by SBC in 2015 as part of their ‘Big Plans, Bright Future’ scheme that was to be rolled out throughout the borough in early 2016.

The aim was to replace all existing SOX and SON lighting to the more energy efficient LED. This mass change would help to reduce the councils carbon footprint significantly, help with maintenance and produce a better quality of light. Alongside this project, it was envisaged that approximately 8,500 of the 27,000 existing lighting columns would require replacing.

SLDS worked through each ward and carried out all lighting designs to the appropriate lighting class ranging from smaller P Class residential roads through to M Class traffic routes. Special attention was given to roundabouts, junctions, conflict areas and conservation areas to ensure continuity of lighting throughout the different areas. The existing lighting included typically 5m-12m lighting columns, overhead electric pole boxes and wall mounted units. Our scope of works included regular client progress meetings, councillor briefing reports, and the development of each ward’s overall designs to the best possible standards. SLDS also provided technical assistance in the development of the project parameters and planning phase and contributed to the production of a simple design guide with a design works pack to help with installation and SBC inventory upkeep.

To assist with any design issues that may arise, an agreed variation from standards format was also introduced to the project. With any additional processes developed between SLDS & SBC and applied to the LRP, consideration was to be made for the needs for the operation team and how to align with their working practices. The project was to be carried out with delivery of a full detailed design service from SLDS in accordance with the appropriate standards, national guidance, best practice documentation and was all undertaken by our competent lighting team.