Case Study | BANES County Council

Published 11:19pm September 22 2018

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Innox Park chose solareye®80 ground lighting, because it’s economical, sustainable and simple to install.

Parks and open spaces provide plenty of leisure and recreational opportunities. Above all, they are benefiting people’s physical and mental health.

The public recreation ground – Innox Park, was given to the council by the Carr family in 1909. Subsequently, residents and visitors welcomed this vital resource to enjoy recreational activities and views over the City of Bath.

The park which is managed by Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Council and positioned between two housing areas, has a footpath running between the two.

The council chose Lakeside Group’s solareye®80 for their footpath, because they wanted to highlight the existing unbound pathway, and help to guide people safely around at night.

The Challenge

BANES Council were looking to source economic lighting along the footpath. However, with no budget to pay for the ongoing maintenance and running costs, conventional street lighting wasn’t an option.

Furthermore, the site was off the national grid, but required a wayfinding lighting solution. BANES council needed a cost-effective alternative to traditional lighting, without compromising on public safety.

As a result, The council approached the Lakeside Group following a recommendation about their sustainable and simple to install solareye®80 ground lighting.


The Solution

BANES Council met with professionals from the Lakeside Group at the site in Innox Park to discuss their requirements. Together, they looked at prototypes and Lakeside group developed a bespoke installation procedure to assure greater accuracy and management over the project.

Consequently, the solareye®80 – designed and supplied by the Lakeside Group was incorporated into a special fixture – to allow fitment into the unbound surface.

Lakeside Group recommended the solareye®80 to the council because it’s a cost-effective alternative to conventional lighting. Powered by the sun, the solareye®80 is a robust, self-contained unit.  Hence, with no environmental disruption or construction costs caused by underground wiring – installation is simple.

Despite the unbound surface of the footpath at Innox Park, the solar units slotted seamlessly into their environment. The lights not only have a skid resistant surface, but they are certified waterproof (IP68) and vandal-proof (IK10), consequently, once they are in place, they will virtually look after themselves.

The Benefits

“solareye®80 is a great product.  The team at Lakeside Group worked hard to ensure that the ground light could be installed into an unbound surface, which has enabled us to highlight the pathway economically at night, helping users to feel safer.”

Paul Pearce, Team Leader Parks and Trees, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Finally, BANES Council has a sustainable solution that is not only financially shrewd but is favourable for people and positive for the planet.  Similarly, comments from local residents have been very positive, hence a welcomed improvement for the use of the path at night.

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Proven to work well all year round, you can trust solareye®80 in any environment.

Whether your installation is into conventional asphalt / concrete surfaces, or an unbound bridleway, Lakeside has the solution for you.

If you have a new application where solar ground lights can help with waymarking in areas that may be prohibitively expensive or hard to reach, contact our team to discuss how solareye®80 could work for you.

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