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ICE 200: world's longest LEGO bridge showcased in Qatar

28 November 2018

Originally unveiled in London, the creation is travelling the world to highlight how bridges have transformed lives and brought communities together.

ICE 200: world's longest LEGO bridge showcased in Qatar
Record breaking Lego bridge travels the world

ICE, in partnership with the British Council in Qatar, will showcase the world’s longest span bridge made of LEGO bricks at the Qatar National Library from 28 November to 6 January 2019.

The bridge is the centrepiece of the ‘Qatar’s Little Builders: Bridging Communities' exhibition which forms part of the Qatar British Festival 2018.

Designed by world-renowned bridge engineer and ICE Fellow Dr Robin Sham CBE, the bridge was first displayed in London in 2016 and set a Guinness World Record.

It has also been reconstructed in Liverpool, Glasgow and Hong Kong and spans almost the equivalent of three London Routemaster buses parked end to end, weighs 3/4 of a tonne and is made of more than 260,000 individual plastic LEGO bricks.

Helping build the bridge will be schoolchildren, university students and members of the local community.

Young engineers rebuild the Lego bridge
Young engineers rebuild the Lego bridge

Celebrating the UK-Qatar relationship

Sam Ayton, Director, British Council Qatar, said:

“I am delighted that the British Council has been able to bring the Qatar’s Little Builders: Building Communities project as part of the Qatar British Festival. The British Council is proud to bring the fifth British Festival to audiences in Qatar.

“Through this festival, we aim to connect audiences in Qatar with some of the best contemporary British art, while helping families discover the fun side of culture and learn something new.

"We are delighted to partner with ICE and Qatar National Library, and we are looking forward to more collaboration in the near future. The exhibition highlights the importance of engineering, mathematics, architecture and the history of bridge-building, and celebrates the cultural bridges between Qatar and the UK.”

The fifth annual Qatar British Festival 2018 is a celebration of the long-standing relationship between Qatar and the UK.

The Festival includes cultural events, panel discussions, public activities which give audiences the opportunity to experience a series of fun, educational and creative events in culture, sports, education, business and more. It takes place from 27 November to 12 December.

  • Simon Barney, head of communications at ICE