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Unveiled, Queen's nuts and bolts approach to bridge-building

By Chris McCullough

Published 19/09/2015

The Meccano bridge built by Queen’s University civil engineering students at Clarendon Dock, Belfast
The Meccano bridge built by Queen’s University civil engineering students at Clarendon Dock, Belfast
The Meccano bridge built by Queen’s University civil engineering students at Clarendon Dock, Belfast

A 100ft bridge constructed entirely of Meccano will be unveiled to the public today at Belfast's Clarendon Dock.

The unique structure was created by engineering students from Queen's University who hope to set a new world record with the temporary bridge.

The public are invited to the bridge opening, where they will get the chance to speak to students and academics about the project and ask questions about civil engineering at the seat of learning.

The ambitious year-long project was the brainchild of staff and students from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering as part of the university's outreach programme to encourage more children to think about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Around 11,000 pieces of Meccano were used to build the span, which weighs 600kg (around 1,300lbs).

Those involved are hoping that the bridge will be a record breaker. Representatives from Guinness World Records will be on site at around 12.30pm to confirm if the project has earned a world record for the largest ever Meccano construction.

The bridge is being dismantled tomorrow.

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