‘The Big Bridge’ has been declared by officials from Guinness World Records as the world’s largest Meccano structure – ever.

The bridge spanning almost 100 feet across Belfast’s Clarendon Dock – is the brainchild of Queen’s University’s School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.

Academics and students created the bridge, with the help of local school children, as part of the university’s outreach programme to encourage more children to think about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

image001The length of the bridge is a whopping 96ft. This is equivalent to the length of 341 Routemaster buses or the height of ten Empire State Buildings!

The Bridge is on display as a temporary installation in Belfast’s Clarendon Dock, where hundreds turned out to marvel at the stunning construction as they waited to hear the official announcement at 12.30pm.

The project was made possible with the help of Spin Master Corp, the proud owner and producer of Meccano, as well as McLaughlin & Harvey and Aecom who gave valuable advice to the students
as well as assisting with the construction and installation of the bridge across the Clarendon Dock.

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The students celebrated their achievement by walking across the bridge for the first time, which was officially declared open by Meccano’s Meccanoid Robot, much to the delight of attending youngsters.

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