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Engineering partnership achieves new Guinness World Record

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12 November 2020

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) recently partnered with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire and together, they have achieved a new Guinness World Record.

Engineering partnership achieves new Guinness World Record

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) recently partnered with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire and together, they have achieved a new Guinness World Record.

The new Guinness World Record was achieved for a bridge with the longest span made from interlocking plastic bricks. Constructed in August 2019 at Enginuity in Telford, the new bridge has a record span of 16.92 metres, is 34 metres long and contains over 205,000 bricks.

Watch the video below.

This new record beats the previous one held by ICE since 2016 for a bridge with a a span of 16.46 metres.

Enginuity was the first location selected to assemble and display the new world record-breaking bridge. An interactive design and technology centre in Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, Enginuity is one of the ten museums operated by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

It was chosen by ICE for this world record attempt because both organisations are dedicated to the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to future generations. During its stay in the museum, the bridge was the main attraction that drew many school children and adults. The bridge was on display in the museum until its closure earlier this year due to the pandemic.

Jo Barnett, Regional Director, ICE East and West Midlands, said: “We are delighted that our record-breaking attempt has now been verified by Guinness World Records. We wanted to attract and inspire children to consider engineering as a fun potential career, and also partner with a local organisation that shares our values and vision.

“It is such a shame that the bridge display at Enginuity was cut short due to the pandemic, but we hope those who were lucky enough to see it were inspired to explore civil engineering further. We look forward to working with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums on other joint initiatives in the future.”

Gillian Crumpton, Collections and Learning Director, The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, added: “We are thrilled to find out that the bridge, assembled here in Enginuity, achieved the new world record for the longest span bridge made with the interlocking plastic bricks. The bridge was certainly a draw during its time on display at the museum. It amazed and hopefully inspired many of the school children who visited us to consider engineering as a future career.”

The bridge was designed and constructed on behalf of the Institution of Civil Engineers by Bright Bricks. It took the team from Bright Bricks just under two days to construct using almost 205,000 bricks.

Find out more on the preparation of this world record here.

  • Magda Baldwin, marketing and communications executive at ICE