The Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands, together with Ironbridge Gorge Museums
, is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for a bridge with the longest span made from interlocking plastic bricks.
The bridge went on view at Enginuity in Telford on Saturday, 31 August and stretches the length of the museum at its Coalbrookdale site.
The new bridge has a record span of 16.91m, is 34m long and contains around 205,000 bricks. This potentially beats the existing record of a span of 16.46m, which was achieved by the Institution of Civil Engineers on 5 September 2016, and will be officially verified in the next few months.
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 be working with Enginuity to showcase the new model bridge with its record span.
"Enginuity welcomes children from all over the country and the hope is that the bridge and additional activities 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.”
ICE West Midlands' attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record.
The role of an engineer has changed through the centuries from the first Industrial Revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge back in the 18th century to what is now recognised as the fourth Industrial Revolution.
Rapidly emerging from the third, it's regarded as a new era, rather than a continuation, because of the explosiveness of its development fusing physical and digital technologies, reflected in Enginuity’s fab lab and newer exhibits.
Ed Diment from Bright Bricks added: "We are very excited to be working with the ICE to install the world's longest span bridge built with plastic interlocking bricks.
"Working with the ICE, the record was set back in 2016, but this new installation extends that length to set a new record with a central span of some 16.91m. We are hoping that this installation will inspire a new generation of children to take up a career in engineering when they see what is possible with toy bricks."
The bridge will be on display at the museum throughout the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage's two-week long Festival of Imagination, which runs between 14 and 29 September 2019 and beyond. One of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Enginuity
, is open daily 10am until 4pm.
For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk
. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.