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.

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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.

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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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