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Record-breaking Lego bridge goes on display

By Graeme Murray, Press Association Scotland

A world record-breaking bridge made from 200,000 Lego bricks has gone on display in Glasgow.

The suspension bridge, which is the length of almost three double-decker buses, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest Lego brick bridge.

It has been brought to the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to mark its bicentenary and Scotland's Year of Young People.

People can visit the structure from Saturday when it officially launches to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) and Ice's Explore Engineering weekend.

Designed by Dr Robin Sham, the bridge was first assembled in London in 2014 and has been displayed in Liverpool and Hong Kong before arriving in Scotland.

The structure, which is three metres tall and spans 31 metres, was re-built in the shopping centre by a team of specialist civil engineers working through the night.

Sara Thiam, regional director of ICE Scotland, 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 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."

The bridge will be on display on the centre's first floor from June 23 until October 28.

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