ICE's world record breaking lego bridge

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

Guinness World Records broken for longest span LEGO bridge

ICE’s Bridge Engineering exhibition has broken the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest suspension bridge span made entirely from LEGO. At 54ft (16.46m) it exceeds the current record holder by 8ft (2.45m). It needed 262,550 LEGO bricks to achieve the feat.

Guinness rules state that the LEGO bridge must be free-standing without the aid of a reinforcing frame, glue or any other type of support.

For reasons of space, the LEGO bridge was built offsite where Guinness World Records judges awarded its certificate.

  • 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


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