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.
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