Concept Design for New Walkway to Support Social Distancing at Outdoor Events


20 MAY 2020


UK architects reForm together with engineers, Elliott Wood have developed a concept design for a reconfigurable structure to reduce crowd densities and support social distancing measures at large scale outdoor events.

As lockdown eases across the world, the global events industry is faced with a new set of challenges to ensure safe and successful visitor experiences. In response to this challenge reForm with Elliott Wood have developed a concept for a new structure, The Tree Line. The structure, originally developed as a walkway for global horticultural events, has been redesigned as a temporary structure that can be quickly erected and demounted and can be reconfigured for use across multiple sites. When implemented as part of a movement strategy the structure enables one-way circulation, reduces crowd density at ground level and supports the implementation of social distancing measures.

As an elevated walkway the structure offers exciting new viewpoints for visitors and new 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 pre-fabricated off site so that it can be erected quickly on site.

Gary Elliott, Founder, Elliott Wood, said:

“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, reForm Architects said:

“The beauty of Tree Line is that it addresses the challenges currently faced by many events and takes that opportunity to enhance the visitor experience.”


Notes to Editors

Elliott Wood

Over the last 25 years structural and civil engineers Elliott Wood have developed an extraordinarily diverse portfolio. Their work ranges from industrial scale sculptures for Antony Gormley to the extensive refurbishment of The Ned hotel, from the Stirling Prize shortlisted Bushey Cemetery and Prayer Halls to Marmalade Lane – the first cohousing community in Cambridge.

Current projects include the ambitious refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Old War Office and the extensive repair and refurbishment of Lincoln Cathedral.

reForm Architects

reForm Architects, winners of the NLA People’s Choice Award for their self-start Rotherhithe Bridge project, is an innovative practice that treats problems as opportunities to deliver unique and elegant buildings and spaces. Awards include the Royal Fine Art Sunday Times Building of the Year, Leading European Architects’ Forum Masterplan of the Year, AR MIPIM Future Projects Award, CABE Building Sights Award and several RIBA and Civic Trust Awards for projects ranging from innovative housing to bridges.

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