Visitors to the Derbyshire Eco Centre are finding their way around with the help of a new range of environmentally friendly LED bollards.
Located in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the new £1.4m eco centre at Middleton-by-Wirksworth promotes sustainable living and offers a range of courses, including dry-stone walling, woodland management, pottery, basket making and map reading. The project’s main contractor Wildgoose chose to install Abacus Lighting’s LED Quartz bollards because of their sustainability, energy efficiency and low running costs.
A traditional louvered bollard typically emits 28 per cent of the light it produces but the LED Quartz bollard emits 90 per cent, while its technology uses 60 per cent less wattage than conventional bollards. It gives more than 50,000 hours of lighting use – four times longer than conventional HID lamps. And, because LEDs contain no UV, they are an ideal safe solution for pedestrian areas.
The Eco Centre site, which was funded by Derbyshire County Council, The Skills Funding Agency and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, contains six former quarries, four lime kilns and more than 120 disused lead mine shafts. The building uses solar panels for heating water, has a grass roof and harvests rainwater for its toilets.
Dave Cox, senior electrical services design engineer at Derbyshire County Council, said: “This lighting solution met the planning requirements we needed to obtain a high BREEAM score and helped us achieve an ‘excellent’ rating for the building.”