In line with the year of the bus and recent launch of the new London Bus in the East London area, the East London Network is hosting a talk about the story of the Borisbus!
Date: 28th August 2014
The presentation tells the story of the project to design and build a new Routemaster bus from is initial idea as a mayoral manifesto pledge in 2008 , the reality of the first prototype in 2011, through to the £200m order for 600 production vehicles. We look at the journey from the initial public competition in July 2008 and the massive worldwide interest it generated, through the performance-based specification and technical development, through the procurement process and the contract award in December 2009.
There is a detailed analysis of the evolution of both the technical engineering design by Wrightbus and the aesthetic overlay provided by Thomas Heatherwick.
Aspects including seat design and stakeholder engagement as well as the exhaustive prototype testing phase at the Millbrook Proving Ground. Extensive use of behind the scenes photographic and video content captured during the project lifecycle.
The presentation is given by David Hampson-Ghani who was the TfL Project Manager from June 2008 to December 2013.
Engineering 209, Queen Mary University of London
For directions see: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/about/howtofindus/mileend/index.html
Glass entrance of building 15 (next to Queen Mary Bus stop on Mile End Road).
Registration desk will open at 18:00 with Tea and Biscuits followed by light refreshments after the talk.
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