21 Jun 2018
A world-record bridge comprised of over 200,000 individual LEGO® bricks and weighing three quarters of a tonne has arrived in Glasgow’s St. Enoch Centre in time for the summer.
The bridge, which holds the Guinness World Record for the longest LEGO® brick bridge, has been brought to the city by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to mark the Institution’s bicentenary and Scotland’s Year of Young People.
People will be able to visit the impressive structure from this Saturday (23 June) when it officially launches in St. Enoch Centre to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) and ICE’s Explore Engineering weekend.
To celebrate its arrival and throughout its stay, St. Enoch and ICE will host a number of activities, the first of which starts this Saturday and will feature interactive sessions from 11am-4pm. Shoppers will also have the chance to meet the invisible superheroes responsible for building the bridge in Glasgow.
The giant bridge, which stands at a whopping 3m tall and spans 31m - almost the length of three double-decker buses - has been re-built within the shopping centre’s mall area by a team of specialist civil engineers who worked tirelessly throughout the night. Designed by ICE Fellow, Dr. Robin Sham CBE, the bridge was first assembled in London in 2014 and has since been displayed in Liverpool and most recently, Hong Kong, before arriving in Scotland.
Commenting, Sara Thiam, ICE Scotland Regional Director, said: “Giving young people the chance to see the bridge, learn about how it was designed and built, and meet some of the invisible superheroes behind it, will help them realise engineering can be a fun and inspiring career. Civil engineers directly transform our lives by designing, building and looking after bridges and many other everyday things that we often take for granted.”
Anne Ledgerwood, general manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “We’re thrilled to host the world-record breaking bridge here at St. Enoch Centre and look forward to sharing it with the city and indeed Scotland. It really is amazing to look at and I’m sure it will be enjoyed by shoppers of all ages who too enjoy LEGO®. It is a great example of what can be achieved through engineering and the creativity involved and will be an important message to share with the city.”
Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, added: “We’re pleased to welcome another world record holder to Glasgow with the arrival of world’s longest LEGO® brick bridge - it will be awesome. This will be a great new addition to the list of our many visitor attractions, and I am sure it will make St. Enoch Centre an even more popular destination this summer.”