Sustainability in development principlesSustainability is a buzzword for anyone bidding into local authorities and street furniture tenders.

All construction trades are now under mounting pressure to secure sustainable procurement of materials, services and works, whilst also achieving at the same time value for money.

Sustainability is playing an ever-larger role in the tendering procedure and the award of contracts. Yet the term sustainability is a catchall term. It ranges from the benefits to the procuring organisation to the perceived society, economic and environmental impacts of the solution.

Sustainable Material Choice

An easy aspect where sustainability can be achieved is in the choice of materials. During times of reduced government funding and budget cutbacks the materials chosen need to:

  • have enhanced performance;
  • last longer; and
  • require reduced maintenance in the future.

In Street Furniture there often a choice of materials, steel, cast iron, polyurethane, or wood. While the benefits of each varies in line with their application, polyurethane has significant advantages against the three key requirements. Its use is encouraged by councils UK wide as the quest for a reduction of tomorrow’s budgets increases.

Sustainable Bollard Improvement

Bollards have traditionally been made from steel or cast iron, but are increasingly being made from polyurethane.

One of the cast iron or steel properties which reduce its sustainability is that they corrode by rusting. The impact here is that cast iron product life is reduced and will need replacing earlier. This adds to the overall cost in a whole of life costing with increased labour hours to replace them. The bollard itself may become visually unattractive long before its strength is diminished. This leads to perhaps unwarranted resident complaints.

These issues are overcome with polyurethane coated bollard. You can get all the same strength properties with a cast iron core, but with the sustainable pros of a fully pigmented “chip free” finish. No need for repainting and with increased scratch resistance. The reduced weight only requires a one person installation, hence lower installation costs. And in terms of initial cost to purchase – the bollard itself is in many cases cheaper!

To discuss the sustainability needs of your street furniture requirements please email Andrew Forrester or call him on 01594 847150.