The huge growth of the online retail sector in recent years has changed how modern shopping centres operate and function. They have had to adapt and offer a more innovative, immersive and social experience for visitors, include utilising outdoor spaces within shopping centres with boutique stalls, food kiosks, health and wellbeing booths and more.
Such stalls and kiosks require an efficient power source that provides a safe, secure power supply. Walkways and pedestrian access has to be as clear as possible ensuring minimal trip and electrocution hazards for shoppers.
Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of innovative outdoor power units for stalled areas within shopping centres. Two popular options include their range of Pop Up Power Units, where their retractable nature means they can be raised from the ground when power is needed. Then are then lowered back into the ground when they are finished with. The other popular option is our range of In Ground Units (also known as flip lid units) which can provide electricity with the lids locked down.
Pop Up Power units ensure walkways are clear and free from any form of tripping hazard or risk of electrocution, and have been specified in outdoor areas within many shopping centres throughout the UK.
How are shopping centres changing?
Shopping centres (particularly within the UK) are developing greater technology and integrating with e-commerce platforms (e.g. click and collect services) as well as offering customers a wider range of retail opportunities.
Consumer confidence and spending levels are significantly lagging behind the pre-2007 buoyant market conditions, with town centres experiencing a sever drop in customer footfall. However, out-of-town shopping centres have seen a fairly positive outlook.
This in part is due to the rise of boutique stalls that fill concourse areas within shopping centres. Consumers are preferring more bespoke and unique products e.g. clothes and homeware, as well as spending more of their hard-earned money on health and wellbeing. Many health booths are populating shopping centres now offering various hair and beauty services.
The increase in stalls and kiosks within shopping centres is a huge positive. However, it puts a significant strain on the power facilities and local infrastructure of shopping centres. Stalls simply cannot plug in to local power sources as electricity outlets are few and far between in outdoor areas within shopping centres. When initial plans were drawn out there would have been no plans to utilise the outdoor spaces as trends and cultures were different back then.
Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of innovative power units that provide a safe, secure electricity supply to outdoor areas within shopping centres. The electrical feeder pillars provide a safe source of electricity, water and data points to help power stalls and kiosks.
Providing safe outdoor power solutions for outdoor areas within shopping centres
Shopping Centre Owners, Facilities Managers, Architects, Contractors, Electrical Engineers and other industry professionals appreciate the retractable power units offered by Pop Up Power Supplies® compared to traditional generators. This is due to the retractable nature of the units and the increased safety they bring to public areas within shopping centres.
Their retractable service units have been specified on many shopping centre refurbishment projects across the UK, including PUPS02 Flip Lid Units at New Mersey Shopping Park (Liverpool); PUPS3030 Floorboxes at Gallions Reach Shopping Park (London); and PUPS01 Pop Up Power Units at Rivergate Shopping Centre (Peterborough).
The PUPS02 In Ground Units at New Mersey Shopping Park provide power distribution and are totally hidden even in operation. The covers for the power units are recessed and filled with matching surface finish to help them blend seamlessly into the local environment. Just the power cables protrude out of the units and run to nearby stalls and kiosks, but safely guarded with cable protectors.
Eight PUPS3030 Floorboxes were specified and installed at Gallions Reach Shopping Park, London. They are installed around the perimeter of the site giving access to electricity from various points. The outdoor area within the shopping park is used for market stalls and small-scale entertainment events.
Manufactured entirely of stainless steel, the PUPS3030 Floorboxes were fitted with 2 x 16A single phase IP67 sockets with individual RCBOs. Some of the units were also supplied with a water connection so the shopping centre maintenance staff were able to connect hoses for the watering system.
The PUPS01 Pop Up Power Units at Rivergate Shopping Centre, Peterborough, are installed in the outdoor square and provide electricity for market stalls and food kiosks. They can be raised and lowered easily with a detachable handle, so on the days when there are no market stalls/events the units are lowered back into the ground. Therefore they pose no on-going risk to the public, as well as keeping the units safe from weather elements and vandalism
They provide power sockets ranging from 16A to 12 5A power supply in both single and three phase, all with RCBO protection. Housed within sturdy concrete and cast iron casings, the power units are simply lowered into position (with only light excavation needed to dig the hole).
Pop up power units for outside spaces
The simplicity of specifying the pop up plug socket units in refurbishment and new build shopping centres mean they are a favourite with architects, contractors, electrical engineers, developers, shopping centre owners and many more industry professionals.
Our range of retractable and flip lid power units are supplied complete, therefore once they have been designed to the suitable specification, they are delivered to site where all the contractor has to do then is to dig the required hole and install the unit.
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