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New Bright Sparks Bon Accord St Nicholas Centres Help Reduce

Monday, 01 February 2010

The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centres in Aberdeen have become greener shopping destinations after the introduction of a bright new energy saving scheme.


Around 140 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been saved per year, resulting in a 40% reduction in energy use through the replacement of old, high energy lights with more environmentally friendly alternatives.


Lighting improvements have been made - as part over the overall refurbishment to both centres - across customer areas as well as service and fire exit corridors. An example of the enhancements include the replacement of fluorescent strip lighting with 'T5' light fittings which use less energy and are linked to movement sensors ensuring that lights are only activated when required.  


The new lighting scheme has not only reduced the shopping centres' carbon emissions but also impacted significantly on electrical costs.


Centre Manager of the Bon Accord & St Nicholas Centres, Frank Sutherland, said: "We are committed to reducing energy use and the initiatives we have introduced in our Aberdeen centres have already proved highly successful.


"It is estimated the new lights will save in the region of 312,000 kilowatt hours every year which will result in cost savings of around £25k per year."


Other eco-schemes which have been implemented at Bon Accord & St Nicholas as part of the refurbishment include the replacement of older air conditioning systems with more natural ventilation, removal of surplus outdoor lighting as well as encouraging tenants to switch off store lighting at night.


Frank continues: "We are keen to try and get all our stores in our centres to switch off lights when they are not trading which will help reduce energy consumption even further. The feedback we have received from retailers so far has been incredibly positive, with over half of our tenants already adopting the 'lights out' policy, with the remaining soon to follow suit."


Bon Accord & St Nicholas Centres are jointly owned by Land Securities and British Land. Both companies have detailed environmental policies and targets to ensure they meet environmental legislation and minimise any harm to the environment.


For further information on Land Securities and British Land's environmental policy please visit

http://www.landsecurities.com/ and http://www.britishland.com/