The built environment that currently exists within the UK is continually changing and adapting to external influences – whether they are technological advances, economic conditions, political influences or social demands.
Developments to the infrastructure are crucial not only to the economy but also socially – enhancing the quality of life for the people who live here. Innovation is a key driver for such developments and advancing technology plays a big role in making urban places safer and more inspiring. Civil engineers continuously source the construction landscape for products to use which benefit their civil projects.
Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of innovative and practical retractable service units that supply a stable, effective power source for outdoor events and urban spaces. Their design means the units can be lowered back into the ground when not in use therefore minimising their impact on local surroundings.
A range of pop up power supply units were recently on show on our stand at Civils Expo 2017, part of UK Construction Week. Visitors to the stand appreciated how the power units can be designed and integrated to fit any outdoor space and provide a safe and secure power source.
Powering the way for a stronger UK built environment
The UK construction landscape is looking positive going into the final quarter of 2017. The number and value of construction contracts, as well as output levels, has increased throughout 2017 and shows signs of continuing into 2018.
The infrastructure is experiencing continued development and expansion, where civil engineers, architects, contractors work together to create more efficient buildings, transport systems, industrial structures and urban spaces, to cope with society’s growing demands.
Town centres are being re-developed by councils in an attempt to drive local shoppers back to the high street to favour local, independent retailers and cafes. Here, market days, craft and food festivals, charity fundraisers and more events are held in an attempt to engage communities and encourage shoppers to visit.
Part of such town centre re-generation projects include specifying an outdoor electricity supply to power such events. Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of retractable service units which provide a safe power supply to town centres across the UK. Locations such as Covent Garden (London), Stamford (Lincolnshire) and Gravesham (Kent) all benefit from our innovative pop up power units which provide a reliable power supply while being sensitive to local surroundings.
Innovative power supplies for outdoor places and urban spaces
The PUPS01 pop up power units installed at Covent Garden are situated in the cobbled piazza area, which holds various stalls and events every week. When the power units are needed, they are raised out of the ground and provide a combination of 16A and 32A electric sockets, in single and three phase, with RCBO protection. When the events finish and the piazza clears of stalls, the power units are simply lowered back into the ground where they have no impact on the historic aesthetics of the piazza area.
The In-Ground Units (also known as Flip Lid Units) installed at Stamford town centre solved a problem for the Council Planners, as they required an outdoor power source to replace all of the unsightly power cables used to power the market stalls. These often restricted access for shoppers and posed various trip and electrocution hazards. The flip lid units provide an efficient power source for the market stalls and operate with the lids firmly locked down, preventing any public access. The covers of the IGUs are recessed so paving can be installed in the top, making them adaptable to the surrounding environment. They are also tested unfilled to FACTA Class B loadings.
George Parker, director of Pop Up Power Supplies®, comments, “Our range of pop up power units are used extensively within the UK built environment, including town centres, retail parks, heritage sites, sports stadiums, universities, parks and other outdoor spaces. Civil Engineers, architects, contractors and urban designers appreciate the functionality of the power units together with the fact they are sensitive to their local environment as they can be lowered into the ground when not in use.
We have worked with many councils throughout the UK providing innovative power solutions for their town centres and other outdoor spaces.”
We work closely with some of the UK’s leading contractors, architects and civil engineers, creating bespoke outdoor power solutions for their civil projects. Our range of outdoor power supply units enable built environments to become safer, more aesthetically pleasing and more efficient, helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future.