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World record success!


McLaughlin & Harvey in conjunction with Queen’s University Belfast are world record holders.

McLaughlin & Harvey has worked with students from Queen’s University Belfast to create the largest Meccano structure in the world, as affirmed by the Guinness World Records.

We provided free technical advice and resources to turn the theoretical design into a practical construction methodology. Following a successful trial erection at our Mallusk head office, the Meccano bridge was erected and unveiled to the public at Belfast’s Clarendon Dock.

Following delivery to site we worked with the students to assemble the bridge components on land. It was then lifted into position over the dock in a highly complicated crane lift, before being unveiled to the public and confirmed by Guinness as a world record breaker.

The event generated great interest with hundreds of visitors and press coverage, from the BBC, Sky News, ITN and UTV, with members of the public crossing the bridge to successfully test its structural integrity. The event was a great success in raising the public profile of civil engineering and the potential opportunities available to engineering graduates.

With thanks to our partners without whom this could not have been possible: Quigley Crane Hire, Moore Concrete, Cavehill Associates, and A1 Scaffolding NI.

Key bridge statistics:

  • Overall length of bridge - 28.76m
  • Longest span of bridge - 18m
  • Height of bridge – 6.25m
  • Weight of bridge - 600kg
  • Design capacity - 100kg
  • Total length of Meccano – 3,835m
  • Number of pieces of Meccano - 11,000 (excluding nuts and bolts)

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