Retractable, on-demand power units from Pop Up Power Supplies® will provide power connectivity to maximise the functionality, flexibility and appeal of the outdoor spaces on Liverpool John Moores University’s new £64m Copperas Hill campus.
The 36,000 square metre development in the heart of Liverpool features at the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter, close to Lime Street Station.
Designed by BDP, the project transforms a disused site to create a state-of-the-art new Sports Building and a five-storey Student Life Building.
This will house a range of student-facing services, including advice and wellbeing services, careers advice, international exchanges, an area for individual and group study, the Students’ Union (JMSU) and general teaching spaces.
Linking the buildings together is a sweeping architectural façade, with attractive open spaces across a three and a half acre site surrounding it.
Morgan Sindall Construction oversaw delivery, with the gateway site connecting the university’s other City Centre and Mount Pleasant campuses.
Key to the scheme is the landscaping and public realm, which sets out to respond to the architectural geometry of the buildings with ‘a distinctive design that creates a unique identity for this major new development’, according to the project’s landscape architects Gillespies.
The outdoor spaces features distinctive paving and bespoke artwork benches, highlighting the transition into the university estate, with a continuous curved public pathway that draws pedestrians into and across the campus.
These outdoor areas across the site allow for outdoor learning, multiple events, performances and exhibitions. The spaces also respond to the building entrances from where the activity will naturally spread, providing multi-functional spaces to support student life.
Break-out spaces feature, in the form of open lawn areas and informal seating spaces where students can relax, meet friends and study in the open air.
The installation of three pop up power units across the Copperas Hill campus will give maximum functionality to these outdoor spaces. The PUPS05 units stay in the ground until access is to electricity is needed.
This can be for purposes such as food and retail stalls, live performances and AV equipment.
At this point, raise the unit from the ground using a simple turning handle and power sockets are then available for users to plug-in. Following use, simply retract the units in the same way and lock into position.
The PUPS05 unit is a versatile unit that typically allows for between 6-8 sockets and it blends seamlessly into its location thanks to a recessed lid that accommodates the surrounding surface materials.
It is one of six options in the range of retractable units available from Pop Up Power Supplies®.
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