MARK IV Concept Interior

Introduction

In 2011, Eversholt Rail decided to push the concept boundaries of ‘value-for-money’ as applied to UK trains through a number of demonstration projects aimed at a wide audience. The projects are designed to showcase the relevance and appeal of its existing fleet in tomorrow’s market, and how classy refurbishment and technology upgrades can be made to compare favourably with the passenger experience and performance of new trains.

The first of our projects was to build a Mark IV mock-up, which is a static demonstration within a single coach to showcase concept interiors to show what can be done to increase the range of options available to the ‘market’.

The concept interior was exhibited in London, York and Edinburgh in December 2012 and January 2013 to a number of key stakeholders to gain feedback.

Project Build

In December 2011, Eversholt Rail appointed Atlantic Design Projects Limited to generate design proposals for the mock-up and project manage the overall build. Over the following months the design was agreed and build started in July 2012, at a unit in Bedford.

Key Facts

  • The standard seat design was created by Atlantic Design in conjunction with Finnish manufacturer Rica and weighs 40% less than the existing Standard Class seat pair in a Mark IV
  • The mock-up is 13m long
  • Exhibiting new slim line seat made from aluminium honeycomb
  • Innovative ‘traffic light’ seat reservation system
  • Wireless charging in first class

Features

The Mark IV mock-up has four concept interiors, standard, business, first class and premier which demonstrates new seats, new passenger information systems, electronic seat reservations, upgraded WiFi and new air conditioning for comparable seating capacities, but at a much lower cost than new trains.

Standard Class

  • New, ultra slim double seat design creating extra passenger space.
  • Seats in a mixture of 2+2 bays and in-line rows.
  • Seats form double sofas providing more space, comfort and options for use.
  • Each pair of double seats features folding centre and aisle armrests for comfort and space definition. The armrests form a continuation of the backrest when raised.
  • Seats have a simple form providing more support for a wide variety of passenger sizes and shapes.
  • Seats upholstered using silicone foam for comfort, resilience, durability and reduced whole life cost.
  • Seats feature high quality quilted Scottish leather throughout for comfort, durability and cleanability.
  • Seats feature ultra lightweight aluminium honeycomb construction.
  • Each seat pair has at least one power socket.
  • Seat backs and tables finished in black birch veneer.
  • Fixed tables have twin cup retainers.
  • Potential for increased seat numbers.
  • Potential for more luggage space.
  • Widescreen TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Supplementary TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Full colour seat reservation screens with “traffic light” seat availability indicators.
  • Bodyside and bodyend panels covered in warm to touch, durable and cleanable E-Leather.
  • “Fit and forget” LED lighting with energy saving ambient light level sensing.

Business Class

  • All seats in four seat bay, 2+2 formation around large fixed tables.
  • All seat bays in line with windows.
  • Fixed tables designed to allow space for four laptops to be used simultaneously.
  • Fixed tables feature four power sockets.
  • Seats feature high quality quilted Scottish leather throughout for comfort, durability and cleanability.
  • Fixed tables have four cup retainers.
  • Widescreen TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Supplementary TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Full colour seat reservation screens with “traffic light” seat availability indicators.
  • Bodyside and bodyend panels covered in warm to touch, durable and cleanable E-Leather.
  • “Fit and forget” LED lighting with energy saving ambient light level sensing.
  • Bodyside windows with roller blinds.

First Class

  • New, extra-wide seat design for enhanced comfort.
  • Seats all in bay, 2+1 formation.
  • Seats form double sofas providing more space, comfort and options for use.
  • Seats feature deep headrest wings to facilitate privacy and comfort for sleeping.
  • Headrests incorporate deep, winged pillows trimmed in Egyptian cotton.
  • Seats have a simple form providing more support for a wide variety of passenger sizes and shapes.
  • Seats upholstered using silicone foam for comfort, resilience, durability and reduced whole life cost.
  • Seats feature high quality quilted Scottish leather throughout for comfort, durability and cleanability.
  • Extra deep seat cushions for additional leg support.
  • High back, wrap around seats provide compartment feel.
  • Each seat pair has a power socket.
  • Fixed tables have four cup retainers each with LED accent illumination.
  • Fixed tables incorporate LED accent illumination in upstand.
  • Fixed tables have inductive phone charging facility.
  • Small fixed tables are cantilevered and therefore have no supporting leg, thereby providing more passenger space.
  • Concertina curtains at bodyside windows.
  • Widescreen TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Supplementary TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Full colour seat reservation screens with “traffic light” seat availability indicators.
  • Bodyside and bodyend panels covered in warm to touch, durable and cleanable E-Leather.
  • “Fit and forget” LED lighting with energy saving ambient light level sensing.
  • Side ceiling wash light in accent colour.

Premium Class

  • New seat design with automatic recline and rotate functions.
  • Seats all in 1+1 formation.
  • Seats can be positioned to face forwards or backwards.
  • Each seat features a silicone foam, soft leather trimmed luxury mattress. It is envisaged that this would be accompanied with cashmere blanket upon passenger request.
  • Seats form double sofas providing more space, comfort and options for use.
  • Seats feature deep headrest wings to facilitate privacy and comfort for sleeping.
  • Headrests incorporate deep, winged pillows trimmed in Egyptian cotton.
  • Seats have a simple form providing more support for a wide variety of passenger sizes and shapes.
  • Seats upholstered using silicone foam for comfort, resilience, durability and reduced whole life cost.
  • Seats feature high quality quilted Scottish leather throughout for comfort, durability and cleanability.
  • Extra deep seat cushions for additional leg support.
  • Reclining lower leg support.
  • Concertina curtains at bodyside windows.
  • Widescreen TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Supplementary TFT full colour passenger information screens.
  • Full colour seat reservation screens with “traffic light” seat availability indicators.
  • Bodyside and bodyend panels covered in warm to touch, durable and cleanable E-Leather.
  • “Fit and forget” LED lighting with energy saving ambient light level sensing.
  • Side ceiling wash light in accent colour.

Our Partners

Altantic Design Projects Limited

Altantic Design Projects Limited
Branch Hill Mews
London NW3 7LT - UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7435 1777
Email: enq@atlanticdesign.uk.com

Wabtec Rail Limited

Wabtec Rail Limited
PO Box 400
Hexthorpe Road
Doncaster
DN1 1SL
Phone +44 (0)1302 340700
Email wabtecrail@wabtec.com