Big Red Bus Co’s Interior Design Blog


As part of the restoration process for our stunning 1959 AEC Regent, the team at Big Red Bus Co set about putting plans into action for a 12 week complete interior refit. While the exterior of our bus was now in prime condition, we felt that the next step was to have an interior that reflected this.

We enlisted the help of an interior design team, and fitters and Car and Marine Connection, to guide us through the design process. Material selection took months. Copper effect Formica was chosen to enhance the vintage feel of the bus, a warm brown leather was chosen for the seats with practicality and comfort major factors, yet the biggest splurge in the materials budget came in the form of authentic Harris Tweed. The tweed helped break the leather upholstery up beautifully and also paid homage to the quirky style the bus offers.

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floor plan of design 2 ground floor Original plans were mapped out as we worked on the best possible layout for the interior.  Our priority was to combine the most efficient layout with maximum seating numbers, and of course, the on board champagne bar.

Before Pictures

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Construction Pictures

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After Pictures


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As you can see the results are pretty spectacular. The process was a huge challenge; with the bus being so old nothing was straight forward. The bus had to be entirely re-wired, and top of the range leisure batteries installed to back up our heated seats, lighting and sound system. As you can see, we have had great success with this project and are now looking to purchase more buses to renovate and add to our Big Red Bus Co fleet.