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Innovative power solutions for traditional outdoor market days

Traditional market days are commonplace in towns and cities across the UK. Buyers and sellers come together forming a lively outdoor retail environment and strong community spirit.  Councils encourage such market days for economic and social benefits, however have strict guidelines and rules for traders to follow.

Public safety is crucial for outdoor market events.  Pedestrian access has to be clear as possible with no tripping hazards, and the risk of electrocution has to be minimal.  Public areas should be safe and comfortable for shoppers.

Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of retractable service units that provide a reliable and effective power supply for outdoor spaces for market days and events.  The innovative power units provide a source of electricity, water and data points to help power market stalls.

Our flip lid units can be operated with the lids locked down therefore preventing any public access or trip/electrocution hazards, and our pop up power units can be raised and lowered from the ground easily therefore when they are not needed they are simply lowered back into the ground ensuring clear, safe walkways.

Outdoor markets in the UK

Outdoor markets play a big part in community life throughout towns and cities in the UK.  Traditional market stalls selling local food produce, craft goods, clothes, toys, artisanal products, and much more are hugely popular in today’s society.

The increasing popularity of Christmas Markets also highlights the status of the outdoor events, attracting millions of visitors every year to the festive stalls.

Outdoor markets bring economic and social benefits to local areas.  Researchers have found that along with the clear economic benefits e.g. local employment, and increased sales levels in local shops and restaurants; traditional markets have social benefits to areas e.g. local access to cheap healthy foods, and heritage and a sense of community.

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Local councils need to ensure all outdoor markets are organised and conducted in a safe environment that meets health and safety requirements.  Traditional means of powering stalls included power generators being located around the grounds, with trailing leads.  This poses various safety hazards including trip hazards for shoppers and traders as well as electrocution hazards with the exposed generators and electricity sources.

Providing safe outdoor power solutions for market stalls

Pop Up Power Supplies® provide a range of innovative power solutions for outdoor markets. Our pop up power units provide a safe and reliable power source to many markets throughout the UK.

Council planners and market organisers favour our power units compared to traditional generators, due to the retractable nature of the units and the increased safety they bring to market events.

The pop up power units, also known as Retractable Telescopic Feeder Pillars, provide a safe, secure power source for market stalls and can be raised and lowered easily with a detachable handle.  They are easy to install into town squares and only require light excavation.

During market days, stall owners and traders simply raise the pop up power unit where they have access to a range of power sockets.  These range from 16A to 12 5A power supply in both single and three phase, all with RCBO protection.  When the market event finishes, the power units are simply lowered back into the ground until the next event, where they blend seamlessly with the local environment.

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We also supply in ground units (also known as flip lid units) which are also perfect for traditional market events.  The main advantage of these power units is the fact they can be operated with the lid locked down.  This means they can provide a stable power supply to outdoor markets and stalls preventing any public access and reducing trip hazards.  The power sockets are safely located within the high-grade mild steel structure, which is hot dip galvanised to BS EN: ISO1461.

Pop up power units providing a safe outdoor power supply to traditional markets throughout the UK

Our retractable service power units have been installed in many town and city centres across the UK to power market stalls and events.

Our Flip Lid Power Units were installed in public areas in the town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, for their market events they hold on a weekly basis.  Council Planners were pleased with the power units as not only did they benefit from a safe source of outdoor electricity for the local market stalls, but there was minimal impact on the integrity and beauty of the local area.

A range of our pop up power units were installed in Rugby town centre, including the PUPS01 and PUPS05 units.  This is a historic market event and has been trading since 1235 under Royal Charter.  The units were installed in 2005 and have been used three days a week for thirteen years (for market events).  They are still in good working order and provide an effective outdoor power supply for market stalls.

Our range of power bollards have also been installed to power outdoor market events.  A number of our bollard units were installed in a public area outside the local civic centre.  The power units were specified in a Button Top Supply Bollard with hatch closure, and have very limited impact on the aesthetics of the area as they are placed around the perimeter area next to walls.

The power bollards are a popular choice of street furniture as they are elegent in design as well as being robust and hard-wearing (they are constructed using AISI 304 or AISI 316 stainless steel).

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Power units for outside spaces

Our range of 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.

The simplicity of specifying the pop up plug sockets means the units are a favourite with architects, contractors, electrical engineers, developers, local councils, estates departments in universities, urban designers and many more engineering professionals.


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