It recognises the desperate need for people, particularly the elderly to maintain a physical connection with loved ones despite the virus; bringing back that all important connection that has so swiftly been cut out of our lives. Allowing for that most human of actions, grandparents can hold the hands of their grandchildren once again.
Constructed from simple low cost, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels (potentially surplus stock from house builds), it is lightweight, rapidly constructed and is easily transported on the back of a standard truck or pulled on a trailer. It can be installed at the entrance to a care home and/or dropped in a carpark or garden for immediate use. Importantly it’s been designed to be fully sustainable so that pods can be repurposed or recycled with relative ease when they are, hopefully, no longer needed.
Within the fully accessible design, a Perspex partition separates the two groups; an area of plastic membrane allows for human contact and hand holding.
In terms of internal comfort the pod has high levels of air quality and natural daylight, along with a comfortable temperature, acoustics, and access to fresh air. Simplicity is key to the design, the pods are cost-effective to run, with the lowest carbon emissions possible, and feature simple controls for people to adjust their environment as needed.