OpenAire joins forces with SCX Special Projects to transform outdoor spaces into multi-use venues

OpenAire, a leading designer and manufacturer of retractable roofs and skylights, has partnered with SCX Special Projects in order to turn outdoor spaces into multi-use venues following the COVID-19 pandemic.

OpenAire is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with kinetic engineering firm SCX Special Projects to create solutions for transforming outdoor areas into innovative multi-use spaces.

Roof at Wimbledon

SCX Special Projects

As a result of the pandemic, events at indoor events will need to operate with limited capacity and visitors may take some time to regain trust in busy public venues. However, OpenAire and SCX Special Projects are able to create covered areas that transform these indoor spaces into outdoor venues with adequate airflow.

Smart design

Spaces with natural ventilation and daylight will be more popular in a post-COVID-19 era and smart design elements such as retractable roofs, skylights, and bi-folding doors will give events spaces more flexibility, particularly when combined with cutting-edge control and automation for moving structures at the push of a button.

OpenAire roof over waterparkThanks to this partnership, bars, restaurants, hotels and other events venues with outdoor areas can make full use of their space, creating appealing socially-distanced, multi-use areas.

Wael Atassi, Commercial Director at OpenAire says, “We have created retractable roofs on all scales – from small private residences to hotels and restaurants, to huge shopping malls and waterparks. The aim is always the same: to create an indoor space that can quickly transform into an attractive open-air venue.”

Danny Pickard, Projects Director at SCX Special Projects adds, “People usually turn to SCX Special Projects to solve significant mechanical handling projects. However, our expertise translates to all kinds of moving structures, of all sizes, and especially those that need to move in public spaces where safety is a primary concern.”

OpenAire roof on a building at night

The two companies have already worked together on a retractable roof project in 2018, in the Middle East, and together have over 60 years of experience, which will be put to use in giving outdoor spaces a new lease of life as the leisure and entertainment sector begins to recover.

Last year, OpenAire transformed The Plunge at FIT in San Diego with the completion of a new retractable roof.