Southwater Infant Academy to reduce energy consumption on lighting by 50%

Cooper Weston worked with Lloyd Hawkins from wholesale providers City Electrical Factors to upgrade the internal and external lighting at Southwater Infant Academy in West Sussex.

As one of three contractors to submit a proposal to the school, Cooper Weston won through recommendation. The school required as little disruption as possible to complete the job, in the Easter holiday when children were not occupying the grounds.

We were able to competitively price the work and guarantee the completion of the job in the strict timescale allocated. Our team worked alongside City Electrical Factors who supplied the hardware.

The Aim

  • Remove and correctly dispose of all internal and external lighting at Southwater Infant Academy
  • Install energy efficient LED lighting, reducing the school’s energy costs, carbon footprint and upkeep of lighting (the products installed were delivered with a 3-5 year warranty)
  • Complete the job in half term when children were not in the vicinity of the school



Cooper Weston needed to remove, and safely dispose of all of the old yellow, and fluorescent tube lighting from Southwater Infant Academy and install new energy efficient, cost-effective interior and exterior lighting.

In total, over 375 components were installed, including:

  • 136 600x600mm LED panels
  • 28 Track mounted LED spotlights
  • 21 LED Emergency exit lightboxes
  • 20 LED glass tubes


Core Works Completed

With a tight deadline, the team at Cooper Weston worked long hours to ensure every light in the school was upgraded. The team went back a couple of weekends after to install emergency key switches which enabled emergency lighting to be tested locally. In addition to this, the team added time clocks to external lighting so that the school could be lit during the evenings, but turned off at night and be adjustable for the changing of the seasons.

Specialist Requirements

  • Disposal of fluorescent lighting
  • Timescale dependencies

Fluorescent lighting requires specialist disposal, therefore Cooper Weston organised two containers to be added to the site to ensure that out of date lighting and fluorescent tubes were disposed of quickly and easily, away from other commercial waste sites.

Cooper Weston’s co-owner Shane Weston states, “Working to tight timescales is something we are familiar with and happy to work to. The school had over 250 fluorescent and yellow light fittings which needed to be replaced within two weeks. The team worked tirelessly to ensure the job was clean, efficient and on time. We thoroughly enjoy working with schools and education facilities as having the correct lighting not only reduces cost and increases energy efficiencies, but also allows the children who are educated there to prosper in an environment that is well lit with ‘natural’ feeling lighting.”

Geoff Mortley from Southwater Infant Academy commented, ‘We were delighted with the end result provided by Cooper Weston, the lighting installs has helped to boost efficiencies in learning and teaching whilst reducing the cost of our electrical bills. The team worked swiftly and kept each area they were working on clean and safe, thoroughly cleaning the site once completed. We would highly recommend their services in the future.’

Our services

To learn more about what we do and how we could help you, please call us on 0800 669 6229. Our team work with schools, academies and educational facilities in London and the south east of England and also provide commercial, industrial and domestic electrical contracting.

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