About the project

This summer, Blackhorse Workshop and specialist regeneration company U+I are presenting SIDESHOW, a new installation that celebrates the maker culture of London, at the Equipment Works site opposite Blackhorse Road station.

Opening this August and running until the end of December 2017, SIDESHOW will host a series of family-friendly exhibitions and invite visitors to get ‘hands on’ with a large interactive marble run, built from London bus components.  This acknowledges the rich history and heritage of the site, which was originally the home of the Associated Equipment Company Factory, whose prototypes inspired the design of London’s iconic Routemaster bus.

The Workshop has teamed up with young architectural practice Ehk!  to design a structure to be built by workshop members. The giant marble run, which incorporates over two hundred steel ball bearings, will weave its way around the site through disused bus parts, making a playful nod to its historical past.

U+I  plans to begin work on a proposed new mixed-use development on the Equipment Works site, which will deliver new homes and workspaces for small businesses. Opening up the site for the local neighbourhood, the proposals also include a new public square and dedicated pedestrian access throughout the development.

Until then this unique structure SIDESHOW will be taking up residence. Come down and pay us a visit.

Produced by Blackhorse Workshop and U&I