The North Laine is a much loved shopping and eating area of Brighton running from Nort Street to Trafalgar Street. It's full of independant quiry shops that make Brighton so special. Street art features heavily so the North Laine theme led us to work with local artist Jason McQuillen (aka ‘iownthisart’) whose work is much loved in the city.
With the support of the bus company we were in the unique position of being able to carry the theme through the exterior as well as fully in the interior of the bus. This meant a full vinyl wrap exterior, with both decks having art on the ceilings, multicoloured lighting, new cobblestone vinyl floors and new moquette covered seats, as well as a fully wrapped staircase surround. This provided lots of interior design challenges as apart from the aesthetic brief, strict VOSA regulations and DDA guidelines are in place for the safety of passengers.
I surveyed the vehicle and produced CAD drawings for the design – specifing fabrics, finishes and lighting – working closely with specialist suppliers to ensure everything was delivered in time and to budget.
The Brighton Fringe led by Julian Caddy adopted the bus as both a venue and dedicated transport for the 2015 festival. The bus also works hard as part of the regular fleet for Brighton & Hove and is now used on all routes in the city, promoting and celebrating the role of the bus in Brighton’s creative and cultural life.