Performance Improvement Consulting helps Community Lighting Partnership win PFI contract

The Community Lighting Partnership has won a £150m PFI street lighting contract covering both Rochdale and Oldham Borough Councils. They beat off still competition from four other major consortiums consisting of Balfour Beaty, Amey, Tay Valley Lighting (Scottish Southern Electricity/Bank of Scotland) and Northern Lighting Partnership.

The preferred bidder, which comprises E.ON UK / Pell Frischmann Consultants / Trillium Holdings, is due to start work on the project in September 2009.

The scheme will span five years and includes a 20-year maintenance programme. The centrepiece of the job is the replacement of 55,000 streetlights in Rochdale and Oldham. The joint procurement scheme is one of the largest metropolitan deals in the current phase of PFI applications. Rochdale and Oldham Council decided to work together on the project with the aim of cutting long-term maintenance costs and reducing both councils' carbon footprints. The scheme is being handled by a joint venture including Rochdale Borough Council, consultant Mouchel and IT specialist Agilisys.

Street lighting PFI project director, said: "The collaboration of the two local authorities has not only provided significant commercial interest, but has meant that both councils have been able to minimise the cost of the project."The next stage of the process will be to ensure that all residents get their say on how the work progresses."

DevelopChange performance improvement consultants worked with the Community Lighting Partnership providing advice and the provision of facilitation during the bidding process.

We are delighted that all CLP's creativity, commitment and hard work has paid off.