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The Gallery | Civils students' Meccano bridge claims world record

A group of civil engineering students have claimed a Guiness world record for the largest structure made out of Meccano.

The third year students from Queen’s University in Belfast worked with local school children on the year-long project to design and build the 30m-long bridge across Clarendon Dock in the Northern Irish capital.

They celebrated their achievement this weekend by walking across the bridge for the first time, after it was officially declared open by Meccano’s Meccanoid Robot.

Some 11,000 pieces of Meccano were used to create the 600kg bridge.

The project received funding from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, as well as from consultants Aecom, Meccano itself and the Queen’s Annual Fund.

Technical support was provided by civil engineering contractors McLaughlin and Harvey, and messages of support received from Dame Athene Donald, architect Lord Richard Rogers and Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud.

The ambitious project was part of efforts to encourage more children to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Danny McPolin, from the university’s school of planning, architecture and civil engineering, said: “We see this event not only as an opportunity to celebrate the students’ and staff’s incredible work over the past year, but also a chance to give local children an insight into the exciting courses on offer at Queen’s.”


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