The total market for street furniture, which covers a wide range of end use sectors, is estimated at around £350m according to a brand new report by AMA Research on the street furniture and lighting market in the UK.
The report is focused on the local authorities sector, which is estimated to account for 80% of the
market, and covers the supply of a range of products used in public urban
locations including: benches &
seats, bins, bollards and barriers, planters, posts and rails, cycle stands
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 around 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 choice and
specification of product, reflecting their budgetary responsibilities. Products
like bollards and barriers are 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.
Street furniture is manufactured from a wide variety of
materials, which includes stainless steel, cast iron, wood, concrete and
plastic. As a result, the supply structure is fragmented with a large number of
companies supplying different street furniture products using many types of
materials – often providing both bespoke and standard products.
The UK street lighting
market is estimated to be worth at least £600 million, with an estimated 8.2
million street lights in total. Around half of the total market is spent on
energy, with around a third spent on maintenance and the remainder on new
Around a quarter of all lighting columns in the UK are
older than 30 years and, to keep pace with natural deterioration, a significant
number of columns need to be replaced each year as a large share of columns are
concrete which tends to deteriorate over time.
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
There is an ever increasing focus on reducing energy
costs within this sector and operators are switching to new technologies which
offer substantial reductions in energy costs and more sophisticated controls.
However, considerable investment is required and there is an increasing
involvement by the private sector to provide the investment.
“There has been a
move from the public sector maintaining highways towards involvement of the
said Andrew Hartley, Director of AMA Research. “Some 50% of authorities in UK use term maintenance contractors and
there has been a steady move towards private involvement.”
Future prospects for the street furniture and street
lighting sectors are mixed, reflecting a mix of local authority budget cuts and
ongoing demand to improve and upgrade the urban environment.
The ‘Street Furniture and Lighting
Market Report – UK 2014-2018 Analysis’ report is published
by AMA Research, a leading provider of market research and consultancy services
within the construction and home improvement markets. The report is available
now and can be ordered online at www.amaresearch.co.uk or by calling 01242