School pupils & civil engineering students have set a new world record after building a footbridge – made entirely from Meccano.
The temporary bridge, spanning overÂ 100ft across Belfast's Clarendon dock, has been recognised by representatives from Guinness World Records as theÂ world's largest Meccano structure.
It has been designed & constructed by a group of students at Queen's University Belfast & local school children in a bid to encourage more young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering & maths.
Civil engineering lecturerÂ Dr Daniel McPolin said he hoped the project would inspire his students.
"I just thought it would be satisfactory to obtain them away from the books, to obtain them away from the computers & calculators, & to donate them a chance to create something really, really exciting," he told Sky News.
Speaking ahead of the inspection by world record officials, Dr McPolinÂ said he was hopeful the structure would measure up.
"We're fairly confident," he said.
"We've measured the bridge. If it turns out to not be huge enough, that would be pretty embarrassing for us."
The Big Bridge Build project, which includes 11,000 pieces of Meccano & has taken a year to create, has already attracted attention from the engineering & architectural world.
The bridge has moreover been tested for weight, with several people having walked across it.
Source: “Sky News”