Innovative outdoor power solutions for Universities

Student enrolment is a crucial element for any university facility. Open days and student fairs are important events that showcase campus amenities and demonstrate their strengths, and as a result universities invest significant sums of money to get such events right.

A wide variety of kiosks and stalls are located around campuses, or next to principle buildings for universities which are located in an urban or city centre location. Powering such stands can be problematic and quite hazardous where traditional power methods, for example petrol generators, can pose various hazards to nearby pedestrians.

Pop Up Power Supplies® manufacture and supply a range of innovative retractable power units which are ideal for powering kiosks and booths in university campuses. Two popular options include our Pop Up Power Units and In Ground Power Units. Both units provide a sensitive source of electricity for outdoor events, have minimal impact on the nearby surrounds and importantly are incredibly safe for nearby pedestrians.

Powering built up environments

Powering outdoor areas within university establishments

UK universities generate more than £95 billion for the country’s economy, providing 940,000 jobs and there are 2.32 million students studying at higher educational institutions. It is a huge sector for the UK economy and enrolling future students for the professionals, scholars, artists and financiers of tomorrow, is big business.

University institutions place a significant effort on student enrolment and planning open days and student events to convince prospective students that their facilities are the one to study at. Traditional methods of powering stalls and booths in such events often involved having trailing wires from nearby buildings or petrol generators nearby. Both methods pose significant safety issues including trip and electrocution hazards.

Pop Up Power Supplies® manufacture and supply a range of pop up power units that are perfect for powering open days within university campuses. Our in ground power units can provide an outdoor power supply with the lid locked down.  This means walkways and pedestrian access is clear from obtruding structures. Our pop up power units provide an outdoor power source for kiosks, and their retractable nature means when they are no longer needed they are simply lowered back into the ground.

Powering built up environments

Powering outdoor spaces in universities across the UK

Our power units have been specified in many universities across the country. Developers and Architects working on Exeter University designed a range of our PUPS01 pop up power units into the communal space outside the new Forum building. This area is the central hub of the Streatham Campus, which houses various open days and student events throughout the year.

The pop up units provide a 125A power supply in both single and three phase plug sockets, all with RCBO protection. Another great benefit that was crucial in the initial specification, is that the lids of the power units can accommodate almost any surface infill, whether concrete, paving, grass or resin surfacing. The units at Exeter University were designed with the paving infill that was used in the communal outdoor area, meaning when lowered into the ground the units appear seamless to the environment.

Our retractable service units can also be found at Aberdeen University. Again, the PUPS01 was the unit of choice and were installed in the outside lawn areas by The Kings College Chapel and also Elphinstone Hall, to provide outdoor power to marquees used for weddings and corporate events.

George Parker, Director of Pop Up Power Supplies® commented, “Aberdeen University is famous for its beautiful architecture and because of this they didn’t want power units around the campus being a permanent feature. Our pop up units were recommended as they provide the necessary outdoor power supply for their wedding and corporate events, and when they aren’t in use they are simply retracted into the ground by turning a handle.”

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