On a drizzly summers’ day children and their parents got stuck in to some fun bridge building activities working alongside engineers, architects, technicians and artists at Rook Lane Chapel.
Using simple materials such as carpet rolls, string & tape they created their own cantilever bridge projecting out from the stone pillars of the 18th century building.
While the cantilevers were under construction a small group worked on the central simply supported truss section and another on a newspaper boat to sail beneath the completed bridge. Simple engineering ideas such as strength & stability were brought to life as string bracing and mail tape connection reinforcement were required.
Finally the bridge was bravely load tested by a small child and was deemed ‘fit for purpose’.