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How changing urban spaces reflect post-COVID 19 outdoor cultural trends

How changing urban streetscapes reflect post-COVID 19 outdoor cultural trends

Could a lasting legacy of 2020’s coronavirus pandemic be vastly different looking outdoor urban spaces designed around socialising?

A recent article by the World Economic Forum predicts so, as planners, local authorities and property owners and developers adapt to create the right kind of spaces for culture and hospitality to flourish, whilst at the same time mitigating the risks of further COVID-19 spread and related disruption.

At the height of the lockdown, ‘one hour a day’ outdoor exercise was one of the only activities permitted and many of us took advantage, if only to escape our homes and avoid cabin fever! But, as the lockdown eased and parks were allowed to re-open, it was clear that a large proportion of people saw the attraction of their local green spaces and were starting to see them in a new light.

The challenge is how to ensure parks remain relevant to people and in tune with modern lifestyles. The vast majority of local authorities and private park owners are already on board with this thinking with the provision of facilities for eating and drinking and spaces for staging events. But many more existing parks have the potential to be transformed and new parks can be equipped properly through the installation of an on-demand infrastructure for power, water, data services and more.

Parks across the UK, including Victoria Park in east London, are already benefiting as a result of having the right infrastructure provided by UK company Pop Up Power Supplies®. It offers a range of retractable, pop up units and in-ground service units that can be integrated into any park or public space. These ensure food stalls, performance stages, large screens, PA systems, heaters and many more applications can connect as and when they need to in order to provide park-goers with entertainment, food and drink, etc.

The beauty of Pop Up Power Supplies® service units is that they are only visible when required and in-use. The pop up service units are raised from and lowered into the ground using a simple turn handle when they are needed and hidden away safely when not. In-ground service units are permanently submerged and feature a flip-lid for access to power and any other services specified, and they can be used with the lid locked down for additional security.

Pop Up Power Supplies® also provides a full design and specification service to support specifiers and ensure any park can be installed with the right safe, secure, on-demand power and services infrastructure. To find out more please contact us.

Within the range of retractable, pop up service units are four options providing a power supply of 63, 125 or 600 Amps. These can also be specified to provide water, gas, telephony and other services too. When required, a simple turn handle allows the units to be raised from the ground for users to connect and begin operating. After use, the units are easily returned to the ground, with recessed lids accommodating matching paving slabs and other surrounding surface materials.

The six options in the range of flip-lid, in-ground service units from Pop Up Power Supplies® offer similar configuration flexibility and services access with the benefit of being permanently submerged and usable while the lids are locked down. This offers another layer of health and safety assurance and can be more appropriate in smaller spaces.

A further option comes with power bollards. These stainless steel bollards are elegantly designed to complement any landscaping or design intent, providing on demand access to between 220 and 400 volts and 125A of power, with configurations to suit any client needs.

Contact Pop Up Power Supplies® today to discuss how retractable, in ground or bollard service units can unlock the potential of your outdoor space.

www.popuppower.co.uk 

Tel: 0208 227 0208.