The Story: We received a phone call to say that ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ were interested in filming a double-decker bus conversion project. To the question: ‘Do you have a double-decker bus?’ came the enthusiastic answer: ‘No, but we can get one!’ With no money whatsoever for this, we had 1 month to raise £55k to buy and convert a bus. With a stroke of luck, North East engineering charity Reece Foundation gave a hefty donation of £30k, allowing Success4All to buy a London double-decker bus ready for the first day of filming with George Clarke. Following an intensive month of crowdfunding and generous donations from many local businesses, Success4All’s Learning Bus was in full steam ahead.
With only a 2-month deadline, Success4All had to strip, build and paint 1,175 square feet of bus, with the help of a very skilled local joiner, Brian Home, of SkillBuild Joinery, the Learning Bus had been converted into a state-of-the-art multifunctional learning facility, complete with built-in WiFi, STEM equipment, café and lounge. We completed the conversion just in time for the new season of ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’.
You can watch the episode here.