April 10, 2006 Double-decker buses have long been an iconic part of daily life in Britain, changing their look every few years, but always providing a constant service. Now an innovative concept from Double Decker Living is aiming to deliver a much needed alternative in temporary living space that is tailored to meet the ever increasing demand for comfortable, value for money, short term accommodation that exists within cities. Each bus has been designed to accommodate areas for sleeping, eating, dressing, showering and relaxation. A communal lounge/dining area downstairs has comfortable sofas, a table, a state-of-the-art LCD TV and a DVD player. There is a full service kitchen that features a fridge, hob and microwave where meals can be prepared.
Upstairs, five individual sleeping areas provide a place to relax and each berth has its own entrance, window, a single bed, power supply and lockable storage. Towards the front of the bus, there is a vanity area with dressing table as well dressing room with lockable wardrobes that provides ample private space to ready for the day.
The environmentally sound buses are fully mobile and can be connected to local supplies or operate independently. Each bus is fitted with a solar panel to minimise electrical consumption while “run quiet” generators and heaters reduce noise pollution. The WC waste is rapidly converted to compost and is collectedly regularly as is waste water. Refuse and recycling bins are also integrated into the design. Even transport has been carefully considered and two folding bicycles are included for residents’ use.
Jason Hart of Double Decker Living explains, “We are proud of our alternative solution to the ever increasing need for short term living spaces within the capital. The interior of the buses provides a high standard of accommodation whilst the exterior remains a much loved and recognised symbol of London. We are ensuring that the iconic double-decker is still working for London.”
The idea was prompted by the controversial phasing-out of Routemasters.
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