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The Learning Bus

Funded on Spacehive 3 September 2018 Delivered 5 May 2019

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The Learning Bus

Success4All By Success4All

The idea is to convert a double-decker bus into a relaxed learning space equipped with all the technology and facilities for our computer clubs, science and engineering programmes and much more.

Newcastle upon Tyne Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 03 Sep 2018!

We want to convert the upper deck of the double-decker into a mulit-functional learning zone with benches, fittings and fixtures for IT-equipment and storage for chairs, tables and learning resources. We would like to convert the lower deck into café/lounge and make it fit for disabled access. We want to be able to comply with all the safety and fire regulations and install a fire escape ladder on the upper deck. Our dream bus would have an extendable awning to create extra space for outdoor events when the weather is nice. Our dream bus would also be fitted with solar panels to generate enough energy for the mobile wifi, laptops, projector, coffee machine and fridge.

What we'll deliver:

  • We commit to reaching more people with digital learning in less affluent areas
  • We commit to reaching more children and young people with our science and engineering programme
  • We commit to reaching areas where currently there is no library
  • We will offer learning resources and a volunteer tutor/mentor for learning support, information, advice and guidance.

Why it's a great idea:

Sometimes, it is just an opportunity that sets off a person on a certain path into the future. Success4All creates such opportunities. Opportunities for learning and experiencing new things. Opportunities to raise confidence in academic capability. Our work fights education inequality in less affluent areas. Together with local people, we design relaxed learning spaces, where children & young people can be connected to the world online and can learn together or be supported by a peer tutor and mentor. These learning spaces, called The Learning Hub, have since 2006 nurtured many of children and young people from Newcastle to succeed in their chosen education and to have the confidence to grab new opportunities. But we’re not able to offer this to as many as we would like In many areas in Tyne & Wear and in Northumberland, there are no longer any libraries, community centres or spaces where we can run our Learning Hubs and Clubs. With the Learning Bus, we can reach many more.

Steps to get it done:

  • Scaled detailed drawings of the bus conversion
  • Making bus ready for conversion
  • Joinery work completed
  • Installation of wiring and sockets
  • Installation of work benches, seating, kitchenette, watertank
  • Installation of batteries and inverters
  • Installation of solar panelling
  • Installation of fire-safety equipment

We also have been running a STEM Saturday Club and a STEM-Challenge programme with schools. It is a programme where children & young people are set a engineering or science challenge by a company and have 6 weeks to come up with a solution. We would like to offer this to other schools, however not every school has the design & technology facilities. The Learnng Bus would be the solution to this. Also, our computer clubs have become increasingly popular. We want to be able to set up many more. The Learning Bus would be the solution to this.

Location Newcastle upon Tyne

About the space

With the bus, we would be able to serve the whole area of Tyne and Wear


Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £21,642

Building contractor and tradesmen hours at reduced rates 265hr@£25 - £6,625 (31%)
Materials electrics, batteries, inverters - £2,150 (10%)
Flooring, cafe units & labour - £2,000 (9%)
Secure yard, tool storage & work space for 3 months - £2,000 (9%)
Solar panels - £1,450 (7%)
Materials joinery work - £1,450 (7%)
Expert advice mobile projects, licencing, bus types,.. - £1,000 (5%)
Detailed drawings of the bus conversion - £1,000 (5%)
Construction health & safety consultation - £1,000 (5%)
MOT of bus - £800 (4%)
Other - £2,167 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Building contractor and tradesmen hours at reduced rates 265hr@£25
Materials electrics, batteries, inverters
Flooring, cafe units & labour
Secure yard, tool storage & work space for 3 months
Solar panels
Materials joinery work
Expert advice mobile projects, licencing, bus types,..
Detailed drawings of the bus conversion
Construction health & safety consultation
MOT of bus
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Materials flooring, cladding, uphostery
  • Fire safety equipment and ladder
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Purchase and installation of electric awnings

Total £21,642

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