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Street Furniture and Lighting Market Report – UK 2014-2018 Analysis

  • December 2014
  • 67 pages
  • AMA Research
Report ID: 3516931


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AMA Research are pleased to announce the publication of the 1st edition of the ‘Street Furniture and Lighting Market Report – UK 2014-2018 Analysis’. This new report incorporates original research and provides a comprehensive review of the street furniture market, with information collated from a wide range of trade and other sources. Data and comment is specific and relevant to the markets involved. Key areas covered include:

• STREET FURNITURE - including Benches and Seats, Bollards and Barriers, Bins, Posts and Rails, Planters and Cycle Stands.

• STREET LIGHTING – including Lamps, Luminaires, Poles/Posts etc.

• MARKET OVERVIEW - Market size, Forecasts, Current Trends, Customer Base etc. for each main sector.

• SUPPLY & DISTRIBUTION - Key Suppliers and Distribution Channels for each main sector.

Street furniture is difficult to define and quantify, but the report reviews a wide range of products typically used in an urban landscape (though traffic/street signs are excluded). Individual product sectors are covered in detail, with a review of market sizes, recent trends, key suppliers and future prospects. This unique report reviews this fragmented sector and answers the need for a quantitative assessment of market developments combined with analysis of the qualitative background reasons and influences affecting the market.

Key issues covered include:

• Key customer base - local authorities/highway maintenance contractors etc. - budget pressures.

• Review of market sizes for a fragmented range of products - market sizes in 2014 future prospects up to 2018.

• Street Lighting market - mix between products, maintenance and energy consumption. Review of lighting types.

• Review of fragmented supply structure.

Key areas of coverage in the report include:


• Overall market performance - market size and forecasts 2014-2018 - current trends and future prospects. Key underlying trends e..g. planning, LA budgets, standards, maintenance/safety, heritage etc.

• Review of customer base - local authorities, highways maintenance - split by DLO/term maintenance agreements by type of authorities (County Councils, Unitary Authorities, London Boroughs, Scotland, wales, N.Ireland etc.) - types of contracts.

• Urban regeneration - review of major projects, opportunities for furniture/lighting suppliers.


• Sales mix by product type i.e. benches/seats, bollards/barriers, bins, planters, posts/rails, cycle stands etc. Review of each product, market size 2014-2018, key trends, changing product mix, strengths and weaknesses, key suppliers etc.

• Sales mix by materials - benches, bollards etc. made from steel, timber, plastics, concrete etc. and trends in usage.

• Review of product types - e.g. cycle stands etc.

• Market prospects to 2018 - key influences.


• Street Lighting market size - market value and forecasts 2014-2018, recent trends.

•Share of market by product type - street lights, illuminated signs/bollards. Types of systems used (LED, low/high pressure sodium, metal halide etc.)

•Lighting costs breakdown - mix between energy costs, maintenance, replacement, inspection, client management etc.

• Market prospects to 2018 - key influences.


• Major channels of distribution for street furniture – share mix between direct supply, specialist distributors, internet, builders merchants.

• Major channels of distribution for street lighting – share mix between direct supply, specialist distributors etc.

• Suppliers of street furniture –review of key suppliers by product sector, fragmented supply chain etc.

• Suppliers of street lighting – key players split by luminaires, control systems, lighting columns, contractors, distributors etc.

• Profiles of key suppliers - product ranges etc.

This report is the first report published by AMA Research on the Street Furniture and Lighting Market in the UK. The report covers the supply of a range of products which are used in public urban locations – primarily in town centre developments and by the Parks and Leisure Departments of local authorities. The second part of the report covers the supply and maintenance of street lighting on motorways, trunk roads and non-classified roads in the UK.

The total market for street furniture is estimated at around £350m and covers a wide range of end use sectors. However, this report is focused on the local authorities market, which is estimated to account for 80% of the market and is worth around £280m. The report incorporates the following product groups, which comprise common items specified and purchased by local authorities: Benches & seats, Bins, Bollards and Barriers, Planters, Posts and Rails, Cycle Stands, Street Lighting and Equipment.

As indicated above, supplies direct to local authorities or products which are specified by local authorities account for approximately 80% of the total market. In overall terms, the market is split between more ‘routine’ items which need to be regularly replaced because of damage, and new development projects like town centre regeneration or housing developments where new items will be installed. Bollards/barriers represent the largest sector with a share of just below 30%, with benches/seats and cycle stands also accounting for a significant share. Cycle stands are the fastest growing sector reflecting local authorities' response to the growing popularity of cycling among all age groups

Local authorities have a major influence on the choice of product used and are major influencers on specification, reflecting their budgetary responsibilities. Products like bollards and barriers will be essential items which will be used to manage highway traffic requirements, but other products like planters will be discretionary and primarily used for decorative purposes.

There are a large number of companies supplying different street furniture products using many types of materials and provide both bespoke and standard products. Estimates of companies supplying products vary between 500-600 active companies, although some may only supply a small amount of product, and street furniture may only be a small part of their business. Street furniture is made from a wide variety of materials, which includes stainless steel, cast iron, wood, concrete and plastic.

Street Lighting is part of a total UK lighting industry which includes homes, workplaces, retail outlets, hospitals, airports and sports stadiums, as well as urban landscaping. The UK Street Lighting market is estimated to be worth well over £600 million, with an estimated 8.2 million street lights. Around half of the total market is spent on energy, with around a third spent on maintenance and the remainder on new projects.

Around a quarter of all lighting columns in the UK are older than 30 years, and around 1 million are more than 40 years old. To keep pace with natural deterioration, a significant number of columns need to be replaced each year - a large share of columns are concrete which tends to deteriorate over time. Some industry estimates suggest that the current national backlog in investment for street lighting is £1.3 billion. Around 3080 miles of motorways and trunk roads in England are now completely unlit and switch off of motorways means that 70% of the network is now unlit at night.

The street lighting market in the UK is predominantly driven by demand from local authorities or their term maintenance contractors who are the largest purchasers and specifiers of street lighting. Local authorities are responsible for urban street lighting, and the responsible authority will either undertake the work themselves, or more likely employ a specialist lighting contractor on a contract basis or entering into a long term PFI contract. Local authority budgets are always under pressure, and maintenance budgets may be limited, because of the high demand from many other areas of highway maintenance expenditure.

The street lighting market is moving rapidly to reduce energy costs - switching to the new technologies which offer substantial reductions in energy costs and more sophisticated controls, but considerable investment is required and there is an increasing involvement by the private sector to provide the investment

The street lighting market is served by a mix of direct supply and around 10 distributors who work closely with manufacturers. The process of consolidation of suppliers is likely to continue in both the street furniture and lighting sectors, as larger companies continue to acquire business operations to enhance product portfolios and as less profitable suppliers are forced to close or be acquired in the current economic climate.

There has been a move from the public sector maintaining highways towards involvement of the private sector. Some 50% of authorities in UK use term maintenance contractors and, since the introduction of private companies in the 1970s, there has been a steady move towards private involvement. Finally, prospects for the sector are mixed, reflecting a mix of local authority budget cuts and ongoing demand to improve and upgrade the urban environment.

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