As the Covid 19 outbreak has disrupted mobility for tens of millions, towns and cities around the world have been transforming their streets to increase space for walking and cycling alongside helping people get around while maintaining social distancing.
Our Pop-up High Streets initiatives are rapidly implementable design solutions for Local Authorities and businesses to practical problems facing retailers, particularly around meeting social distancing guidelines. Our design solutions for High Streets come under three main headings:
Covid-compliant space planning within retail units. This includes limiting the number of people within the shop, creating a controlled one-way system and increasing natural ventilation as much as possible. Floor markings are introduced to help maintain social distancing and Perspex dividers used to protect staff. Also important is the queue outside the shop, clearly demarcated by pavement marking.
Pop-up temporary retail and hygiene units to increase available floor area and provide sheltered fresh-air ventilated spaces. These Pop-ups are large enough in size and flexible in layout to accommodate many different High Street settings, including retail, restaurant, beautician and bike workshop, also adding interest, activity and colour to the High Street.
Street landscaping and furniture is key to the re-organisation and preventing crowding. Large items of street furniture or equipment such as post or phone boxes are removed from crowd hot-spots, shop entrances and bus stops. Pavement demarcation is applied to differentiate areas for queueing and areas for circulation. Coloured pavement demarcation is applied and signage provided to direct foot traffic and identify correct social distances.