Cardboard Carts Exhibition

BDP is an award winning major international practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists. To celebrate their 50th anniversary they held an exhibition in Manchester’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

BDP’s founder was George Grenfell-Baines who lived in Preston where the company originated and whose father Ernest Baines was a railwayman. It is this link that led the BDP team to design a wagon train as an exquisite display to exhibit their architectural models and document their 50-year history.

When we were asked to produce the giant wagon train our workshop was taken over by huge cardboard blocks of all shapes and sizes for over a month.

We used 150 KTB flute corrugated 3mm board with each piece die stamped at our supplier. 8,692 pieces of recycled card were used to produce nine carts and ten charrettes, which were slowly mounted on wheels using large bolts and glue to hold it all together.

With no two carts being the same size and shape, the recycled look of the train created as much intrigue as the intricate architectural models contained within it.

This giant toy train set certainly made a unique display and was a huge success in telling the life story of BDP!