World record attempt

Ironbridge Gorge Museums, together with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), are waiting with bated breath to have their attempt at building a bridge with the longest span from interlocking plastic bricks officially approved as a world record.

The gigantic bridge stretched the length of the Museum’s Coalbrookdale site. It took two days to build, months of preparation and just under 205,000 bricks, with a span of about 16.8m and a total length of 34m itis set to beat the current record of 16.46m set by ICE in 2016. Enginuity was chosen by ICE for this world record attempt because both organisations are dedicated to inspiring engineers of the future with engineers of the past.

Commenting on the partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Jo Barnett, Regional Director ICE West Midlands, said, “We are delighted to work with Enginuity to showcase the new model bridge with its record span. The museum welcomes children from all over the country and the hope is that the bridge will encourage more children to consider civil engineering as a profession. Civil engineers really do shape the world and touch every part of our lives. It is truly an exciting sector to be involved in.”

For more details visit ironbridge.org.uk.

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