Future Lighting were proud to be finalists at this year’s News on the Block Property Management Awards - better known as the PMAs - which this year had a circus theme. We had a fantastic evening at Club Wembley, a glittering venue in the heart of Wembley Stadium, which was packed with a very well-dressed cross-section of our industry peers, all there to celebrate excellence in the leasehold sector. Future Lighting sponsored the award for Major Works Contractor of the Year, which was won by A S Ramsey Building Contractors. In our own category – Best Industry Supplier - we were beaten for the second year running by software specialists Qube but we nearly went home with the wooden circus elephant from the centre of our table instead! All the accolades presented on the night were very well deserved. We know exactly how much hard work goes into putting together a submission for these awards, so congratulations to all the winners – and the runners up. We’ll be back next year!
Lighting up time
How safe is your car park? The right lighting could not only give residents peace of mind but save them hundreds of pounds a year in service charges
Car parks should be safe, brightly lit and welcoming; an extension of the block they serve, giving residents a feeling of security as they drive in off the street. But if they are poorly-maintained, the flip side is that they can be dark and scary places - particularly for lone residents coming home late at night. They may even represent a security risk for the building as a whole, providing a safe space for undesirable visitors to hide.
Car parking experts recommend following a few simple guidelines to help blocks get the best from their parking area and ensure a safe environment is maintained. In consultation with residents:
- Set speed limits within the car park to keep residents safe;
- Ensure signage is well positioned and easy to read;
- Where possible, allocate bays to individual residents and demarcate specific parking areas for visitors to avoid disputes arising; and
- Ensure the area is well-lit.
Where the parking provided for a block of flats is below street level with limited access and exit points, safety and security are vital for the wellbeing of residents and effective, efficient lighting is of paramount importance. Underground car parks should always be well-lit, leaving no areas in shadow, enabling residents to park and walk to the exits or into the building safely. Sadly, in our experience, too often car park lighting is not up to the job. It is frequently poorly specified, does not always illuminate dark areas or is simply impossible to control.