Prefab elevated walkways to support social distancing at events

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Structural engineering experts, Elliott Wood and reForm Architects have unveiled a concept design for a reconfigurable elevated walkway to support social distancing measures at large-scale events

As lockdown eases across the world, the global events industry is faced with a new set of challenges to ensure it supports social distancing measures at large-scale outdoor events.

In response to this challenge, Elliott Wood and reForm Architects have developed a concept design for a reconfigurable elevated walkway to reduce crowd densities and support social distancing measures.

Originally conceived to enhance the visitor experience at major horticultural events, The Tree Line has been reimagined as a temporary structure that can be quickly erected and demounted and can be reconfigured for use across multiple sites and different types of event.

When implemented as part of a movement strategy, it will enable one-way circulation, reduce crowd density at ground level and support the implementation of social distancing measures.


The Tree Line offers new viewpoints for visitors and creative opportunities for event organisers.

Inspired by the stem and leaves of a plant, the structure includes a meandering walkway with separate viewing platforms and access ramps at each end. The design is based on a transportable length, fully prefabricated offsite so that it can be erected quickly on site.

Enhance visitor experience

Gary Elliott, co-founder and CEO of Elliott Wood of Elliott Wood, commented: “In the short term these structures provide the events industry with a tool for reducing crowd density, longer term they add a new dimension to the visitor experience.”

Nik Randall, managing director of reForm Architects, added: “The beauty of the Tree Line is that it addresses the challenges currently faced by many events and takes that opportunity to enhance the visitor experience.”


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