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Pop Up Power Supplies® provide a range of retractable service units for outdoor spaces within UK leisure facilities

6 Jul 2017

Leisure destinations within the UK are increasingly looking for innovative ways to improve their facilities for their visitors, whether upgraded or new facilities in caravan parks or new rides at theme parks.  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 reliable and secure power supply for outdoor stalls, and the retractable 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

The UK leisure sector contains a wide variety of businesses and facilities, including leisure parks, theme / amusement parks, caravan parks, holiday parks and resorts, hotels, tourist attractions, 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 power units for outdoor areas, in the form of pop up units, in-ground / flip lid units and power bollards.  For the leisure industry, the pop up and flip lid units are particularly popular due to their retractable nature where they can be raised or lowered easily for just when they are needed.  The power units also provide a safe and silent source of electricity (the in-ground units can be operated with the lid locked down).  Also their ability to blend seamlessly into the local environment, as their lids can accommodate various paving and landscaping materials e.g. turf.

The pop up power units provide robust power sockets that provide a power supply from 16A to 125A 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.   These units can be operated with the lids locked down which minimises any trip hazards for nearby pedestrians, and provide round-the-clock power for days, weeks and even months on end.  The flip lid units are easy to operate, with the lids raised and lowered manually with gas strut assisted.

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.  Located on the Kent coast, the amusement park re-opened in 2015 and PUPS01 and PUPS02 power units were specified to provide outdoor power to the various food and game stalls.

Many pop up power sockets have been installed in various tourist attractions / heritage sites across the UK too, including PUPS01 retractable telescopic feed pillars installed at Woburn Abbey, and other power units installed at Hastings Stade 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.  Also, at Hampton Court Palace 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.  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.

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