UK leisure destinations are increasingly looking for innovative ways to improve their facilities for their visitors, whether it is a new and exciting ride at a theme park, new or upgraded facilities at caravan parks, or a new family attraction at a leisure park. However a common feature which all leisure facilities share is the requirement for a power source for their outdoor areas.
Pop Up Power Supplies® offer a range of retractable service units which are increasingly being specified and installed at leisure facilities throughout the UK. These power units offer a secure, reliable power supply for various outdoor stalls, and the ‘pop-up’ nature of the units mean that when they are not in use they are simply retracted back into the ground, thus having a minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
UK leisure activity on the rise
Despite unpredictable and uncertain economic conditions over the past decade, the UK leisure sector has grown 5% year-on-year since 2010 and is now worth £117 billion in revenue (as of 2016, source Deloitte). Consumers are more confident to spend within the leisure sector with contributing factors such as high employment levels, increasing levels of disposable income and a general behavioural shift from product-consumption to experience-consumption. A total of 75% of consumers spent money on culture and entertainment within 2016. Indeed, the leisure industry is growing twice as fast as the retail industry.
The leisure sector within the UK contains a wide range of businesses and facilities, including leisure parks, amusement / theme parks, holiday parks and resorts, caravan parks, tourist attractions, hotels, glamping and camping sites, outdoor play areas, rural activity centres, water parks, public recreation areas, themed assault and activity courses, and adventure playgrounds.
Such facilities are increasingly looking to utilise their outdoor spaces more and more to provide a better service to their visiting customers. Leisure parks offer outside food stalls, tourist attractions (including many heritage sites) offer various stalls and outdoor entertainment, and glamping / camping sites offer various outdoor cooking and power facilities for guests. As a result, these leisure facilities require a safe, reliable outdoor power source that is effective and blends in with its local surroundings.
Powering leisure facilities
Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of innovative retractable service power units for outdoor areas, in the form of pop up units, in-ground / flip lid units and power bollards. The pop up and in-ground units are particularly popular for businesses and facilities within the leisure sector due to a number of factors, including their retractable nature so they can be raised or lowered easily for when they are needed; they provide a safe and silent source of electricity; and their lids can accommodate various paving and landscaping materials e.g. turf which means when they are lowered or closed, they blend in to the local environment providing seamless aesthetics.
The pop up electric units provide power sockets ranging from 16A to 125A 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). The unit covers are made up of stainless steel AISI304 and offer significant protection to the power units when they are fully retracted. Operating the pop up electric sockets is easy – they are simply raised and lowered using a detachable handle.
The in-ground or flip lid units are specially contained units which house electricity sockets, water supply and data connections. They provide round-the-clock power for days, weeks and even months on end, and operate with their lids locked down which minimises any trip hazards for nearby pedestrians, and potential damage from vandalism or harsh weather effects. The flip lid units are easy to operate, with the lids raised and lowered manually with gas strut assistance.
Manufactured from high-grade mild steel, the in-ground units conform to various UK Building Standards and regulations. They are hot dip galvanised to BS EN: ISO1461 and the covers are tested (unfilled) to FACTA Class B Loading.
Where can you find our Pop Up Power Units?
Pop Up Power Supplies® have supplied their pop up power and in-ground units to many leisure facilities within the UK, including Dreamland in Margate. The amusement park, located on the Kent coast, was re-developed and re-opened in 2015 and attracts visitors from across the Southeast region. PUPS01 and PUPS02 retractable service units from Pop Up Power Supplies® have been specified to provide outdoor power to their various outdoor stalls, including food and entertainment/game stalls.
Many pop up power units have been installed in various tourist attractions / heritage sites across the UK too, including Hampton Court Palace where PUPS02 pop up power units and PUP03 flip lid units were installed in the Kitchen Garden and PUPS Floorboxes were installed in the Tiltyard Function Room Garden. PUPS01 pop up plug sockets have also been installed at Woburn Abbey, Hastings Stade, The National Memorial Arboretum, and Chiswick House. These are located in various outdoor areas and provide a safe and secure power supply for various stalls, events and weddings. PUPS04 pop up power units have been installed at Kingsbarns Golf Course, on the Fife coast near St Andrews, which provides outdoor power for various events they hold throughout the gold season/year.
Pop Up Power Supplies® are currently working with caravan park owners to specify their pop up power units within park areas to help provide power to caravans and tents. We are also looking to supply glamping sites across the UK due to its increase in popularity in recent years. Our range of retractable telescopic feeder pillars provide a safe, silent power source for holidaymakers, which can be lowered back into the ground when not in use.
We work closely with developers, leisure park owners, caravan park owners, specifiers, architects, festival organisers, contractors and other industry professionals. We can provide technical data, product information, design ideas and more, and are able to advise on a suitable pop up power unit for your project.