Pupils are building bridges

Primary school pupils from Langlands, Whitehills, Aberlemno, Tealing and Inverarity were recently given the chance to build their own bridge under the supervision of some of the region’s civil engineers.

Dressed in engineer’s safety clothing the primary six and seven pupils constructed a 12 metre-long cable-stayed bridge that they could walk across.

The Bridges to Schools programme is being brought to Forfar by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland. “The programme is intended to give pupils an early insight into the challenges of civil engineering while having some fun along the way,” said Jamie Melvin, who is co-ordinating the programme for ICE.

“Working with volunteer civil engineers, the pupils consider all the aspects of the project, from why bridges are needed in the first place, through the planning stage to materials, construction and health and safety.

“To do this they have to listen, focus and work together.”