Lighting Tower News

  • Lighting towers could be needed at A1 Gateshead bypass

    Lighting towers could be needed at A1 Gateshead bypass

    Work on the A1 Gateshead and Newcastle Western Bypass is likely to be carried out with the assistance of lighting towers as the Highways Agency looks to minimise disruption to daytime traffic on the road.

    The organisation is putting its concreting tools to work installing new signage alongside the roadway, advising motorists of a change to the speed limit.

    From Birtley Interchange to Blaydon Viaduct, a permanent limit of 50 mph is to be enforced in order to help maintain traffic flows and improve safety.

    Work got underway this week and is expected to end in late November, with the concreting tools put to work between 20:00 and 06:00 GMT.

    Project manager John Sheerin says: "The accident rate for this part of the A1 is double the national average."

    Additional lighting towers in the area of the roadworks could also help to ensure visibility for motorists overnight while the work is being carried out.

    Meanwhile, on the M56 near Manchester, delayed work to resurface the roadway between Stretton and Preston Brook also got underway this week.

    Posted by Andrew Miles

  • Disclosure of light tower use may be needed in public sector

    Disclosure of light tower use may be needed in public sector

    With an increasing focus on public sector expenditure, construction contractors working for public authorities may ultimately be asked to disclose their costs relating to equipment such as light tower installations.

    A light tower can be an important element on a building site, allowing work to continue during the hours of darkness and ultimately reducing the number of days for which a project lasts.

    But the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) is working towards accountability for expenditure such as the purchase of lighting towers and the electricity used to power them.

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors explains that the public are presently poorly informed about construction procurement, with little information typically disclosed to them by the industry.

    In order to combat the risk of mismanagement, accountability is being mooted; however, there is disagreement over where figures and reports should be published.

    Among the public, 37 per cent would like the details distributed on the client's website and 19 per cent on a website dedicated to the construction project itself.

    Within the construction industry, this reverses, with 21 per cent preferring publication on the client site and 35 per cent arguing in favour of a dedicated project site.

    Posted by Charlie Parkin

  • What to look for in a lighting tower

    What to look for in a lighting tower

    Companies who are working on civil engineering projects such as roadworks have been handed advice on picking a suitable lighting tower.

    The devices are widely used by construction professionals to allow them to work during the hours of darkness, which means roadworks can be completed with minimum disruption to drivers.

    According to Rick Rakauskas, a contributor to, there are several issues that need to be considered when a firm is picking a lighting tower.

    For instance, companies were advised to look at the reliability and functionality of their chosen model.

    Lighting towers should also meet the necessary safety standards and be suitably mobile, as they will have to be transported to a building site.

    Mr Rakauskas added that picking a lighting tower that is easy to manoeuvre and deploy would offer "strong benefits" to a firm.

    Products such as the Lite-Man Hi-PO 360 Degree Light could be one good device for builders to consider, along with the Lite-Man Multifunction 360 Degree Lighting Tower.

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