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ABACUS Lights The Path To Derbyshire Eco Centre

Visitors to the Derbyshire Eco Centre are finding their way around with the help of Abacus Lighting’s new range of environmentally friendly LED Quartz® bollards.

Set in fifty acres of Derbyshire Countryside, the new £1.4m eco-centre at Middleton-by-Wirksworth has been designed to promote sustainable living and the Abacus Quartz® LED Bollard was chosen by the project’s main contractor, Wildgoose, because of its sustainability and ability to reduce running costs and promote efficiency. Its simple, aesthetic appearance also suits the building’s picturesque surroundings whilst LED technology is helping to reduce its carbon footprint by providing big energy savings.

The Centre, an official Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), uses solar panels for heating water, a grass roof and harvests rainwater for its toilets. Chris Anderson, Regional Account Manager at Abacus, said: “Our new LED Quartz® bollard is one of the most energy-efficient amenity lighting systems of its kind so fits in perfectly with the ethos of the Centre. A traditional louvered bollard will emit typically 28% of the light it produces but our new bollard emits 90%. The LED technology also gives big energy savings, using 60% less wattage than conventional bollards, meaning lower energy bills for the Centre.”

The LED Quartz® gives over 50,000 hours lighting use - four times longer than conventional HID lamps - significantly reducing maintenance and replacement costs. 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 over one hundred and twenty disused lead mine shafts.

The Centre is Derbyshire’s hub for courses and activities focusing on education for sustainable development and supports the Council’s work to address climate change issues. It offers sustainable building skills workshops, including dry stone walling, to support the rural economy and conserve its heritage, as well as woodland management, pottery and basket making and map reading courses delivered by partners including the East Midlands Heritage Skills Training Group and the East Midlands Regional Centre of Excellence for Education for Sustainable Development.

To complement the lighting scheme, Abacus has also supplied a number of 5m columns around the site carrying its contemporary flat glass ‘Oris’ lanterns.

Dave Cox, Senior Electrical Services Design Engineer at Derbyshire County Council, said: ‘’Our in-house design team worked very closely with Abacus Lighting to develop a scheme which had to be both efficient in terms of light output and economical to run. The solution met the planning requirements we needed to obtain a high BREEAM score and helped us achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating for the building.’’

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