State of Play : State of Play - Issue 1
STATE OF PLAY | ISSUE ONE can snuggle in whilst outside. In addition to blankets, provide soft cushions and choose outdoor furniture that features removable padding, which will avoid forcing patrons to sit on cold surfaces like steel or timber seating. Blankets, cushions and seat padding can be kept by the doors inside or in storage chests outside, keeping them warm and dry until they’re ready to be used, and allowing patrons to grab as needed. TURNING UP THE HEAT Installing heat sources is an obvious option, and often an easy one. A simple solution is to purchase a collection of portable styles such as the common patio gas heater. A more committed approach is to install overhead, wall- or ceiling-mounted gas or electric panel heaters above and surrounding outdoor venue seating. If you’re renovating or building a new venue, built-in fireplaces stand as the epitome of cosy, and can suit an exterior space that is partially shielded from the elements, such as a covered terrace. A SHIELD AGAINST THE ELEMENTS Installing heat sources is one thing; however, you’re stuck fighting an uphill battle against nature if your outdoor space remains completely open. Permanent or retractable roofing, or at least some form of awning, will not only shield your patrons against rain (making your outdoor space useable during a downpour), but will also keep the valuable heat that you’re producing in. Vertical awnings, partition walls or even green walls provided by climbers, hedges or shrubs can also help to partially retain heat. These options not only stand to keep heat in, but also serve as a windbreak, shielding your patrons from the chilly winter breeze. CREATING THE PERFECT AMBIENCE The installation of soft, orange-hued lighting can complete the aesthetic of your snug, outdoor space. Avoid harsh, bright downlights and consider options such as fairy lights or candles as appropriate – all help to soften and increase the ‘warm’ feeling of the surrounds. ■ IF YOU'RE RENOVATING OR BUILDING A NEW VENUE, BUILT-IN FIREPLACES STAND AS THE EPITOME OF COSY.
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