Bristol City Council’s Energy Service continued its programme of Salix* funded LED lighting installations over the summer despite lockdown in council buildings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Turning this situation to its advantage the team were able to schedule work in empty or reduced occupancy buildings to facilitate the work.

As well as finishing off projects that had started pre-lockdown – such as Central and Henleaze Libraries, the council has been able to complete the fitting of LED lighting for the 5 floors of the CREATE Centre in B Bond.

Whilst already an A rated building in terms of energy efficiency, some of the lighting was failing and much of it was from the original opening of the site some 20 years ago – the retrofitting of lights with LEDs means that the electricity consumption of the site for lighting purposes will be 35% lower, saving an estimated 125,000 kWh and 35 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

Site manager Michelle Scoplin said: “With the help and support of the Energy Service team, CREATE is looking brighter than ever. The new LED lighting is amazing. Reducing our carbon footprint is very important to all the staff and tenants based at Create.  A massive thank you to all involved in making this happen! ”

*Salix Finance Ltd provides interest-free Government loans to the public sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills. Bristol City Council has been using Salix funding since 2005. The Salix scheme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.