Peter Robinson on boat under the forth crossing

All about Bridge Engineering

The ICE Bridge Engineering exhibition takes visitors on a journey to find out how the civil engineers of the modern age were able to create the longest spans the world has ever seen.

Bridges connect land and people together, overcoming the gaps that powerful forces of nature once kept us apart. It’s unlikely many people see bridges like that – but that’s what our exhibition hopes to change as it celebrates the incredible achievements of bridge engineers.

Our Bridge Engineering exhibition joins science and engineering together, packaged in an interactive, engaging and fun way. It starts with the Victorian bridge building pioneers of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sarah Guppy, to the triumphs of Thomas Telford and Robert Stephenson, and on to today.

Modern bridges that feature in the exhibition include the Rotherhithe Bridge which crosses the River Thames, and the Queensferry Crossing, which will eventually cross the Firth of Forth.

Exhibition highlights

  • Learn about civil engineering, what ICE does and how bridge engineering has helped connect communities across the world
  • Timeline of bridges through the past, present and future
  • Discover more about civil engineering icons and how they have helped shape and inspire the future of civil engineering
  • Learn about bridge engineering and civil engineering through interactive displays, quizzes and games, model making challenge kits and a dedicated virtual reality display
  • Create your own bridge structures in the dedicated interactive zone using our bridge build challenge kits

World record attempt for longest span LEGO bridge

The Bridge Engineering exhibition hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records' record for building the longest suspension bridge out of LEGO. At 16m it will exceed the current record holder by 2m. As this is a ‘real life’ bridge engineering project we have brought a team of experts together to build it.

The rules state the bridge must be completely free-standing, without the aid of a reinforcing frame, glue or other supports - a civil engineering challenge in its own right.

Experts behind our LEGO challenge

  • Nick Woodrow MICE, director at CEMAR, came up with the idea of building the bridge with Lego as the focal point to the exhibition
  • Dr Robin Sham FICE, AECOM director of global long span and specialty bridges, who won an ICE Award for his work on the Second Penang Bridge in Malaysia, worked closely with the Lego bridge designers
  • Design and build is by Duncan Titmarsh, the only certified UK Lego professional. His previous creations include the 12m St Pancras station Christmas tree and a Lego replica of Wembley Stadium
  • Exhibition sponsors

CEMAR

CEMAR provide contract event management and reporting for NEC3

Tony Gee and Partners LLP

Tony Gee and Partners LLP provides specialist engineering consultancy services to the worldwide construction industry.