THE FIRST loan from a Government pilot programme has funded an upgrade of 12,000 luminaires across 12 academies in England.
The two trusts which run the schools, Ormiston and Brooke Weston, teamed up to secure money for the switch to LED from the Department for Education’s Multi-Academy Trust loans pilot project.
The £1.7 million refit will save the organisations £190,000 annually from their £2.7 million energy bill.
The buildings all had old, inefficient lighting, mainly T8 fluorescent fittings without any controls. Crucially, the schools had emergency lighting which needed to be brought up to full compliance with BS5266.1.
The contract to supply and install the LED lighting was won by Energys Group. Products fitted include LED panels, linear LED fittings, downlights, wall lights, floodlights, high bays and street lights, all of which came with a 10-year warranty.
The majority of fittings incorporated individual occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors to maximise the potential energy savings. A 10-year warranty was provided on all fittings.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency launched the Multi-Academy Trust loans pilot project in May last year to see if getting trusts to team up could achieve long-term benefits for their estates.
The scheme saw EO Consulting bring together the two trusts on the project to investigate the long-term strategic difference this approach had on their estates.
Energys Group won the tender bid through the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation framework on a criteria including price, technical specification, quality and ability to deliver on a very tight timescale.
Following the award of the tender each site had a full lighting survey carried out, and proposals were submitted over a two week period.
Where possible, the work was carried out in the summer break or during out of hours in term-time, resulting in no disruption to the operation of the academies.
The priorities of the project were to reduce the trusts’ energy bills; address the challenge of the school’s lighting conditions; reduce the environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions and deliver a procurement model and benchmark data which would allow the project to be replicated by other Multi-Academy Trusts.
Brooke Weston Trust’s estates director Matt Isherwood told Lux: ‘This is the first project of its kind where two academy trusts have joined forces to submit a joint funding and installation bid.
‘This enables us to get better deals from suppliers as we had more buying power when compared to a single trust.
‘The project has been so successful that it could be replicated across other multi-academy trusts.’
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