Massive Peterborough paper structure which weighs same as a dog could be a record breaker

Youngsters working on the giant structure

Youngsters working on the giant structure

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Peterborough youngsters have been reaching for the ceiling to create the world’s tallest paper structure.

The engineering feat to create the world’s tallest paper structure has been organised by Anglian Water over Half Term to inspire the next generation of engineers.

In keeping with the engineering and construction subjects being taught at the school, the world record attempt has been taking place at the Greater Peterborough UTC in its massive double height event space.

The structure, made of nothing but paper and Pritt Stick, will be 3.4m high if the record bid is successful. The attempt is set to finish this afternoon (Friday).

Around 5,000 sheets of recycled paper will be used in the construction, which will be big enough to fit two Ford Mondeos inside, yet will weigh the same as a springer spaniel.

The structure has been designed by Anglian Water engineer and STEMNET ambassador Matt Humphrey who wanted to get more young people to consider engineering as a career option. Matt said: “Almost everything we use on a daily basis is engineered; from the house you live in, the car you drive, to your water pipes. We want to inspire students to think differently about engineering and see a career in engineering for the varied and challenging role it is.

“This world record attempt will give the students the opportunity to learn how different materials can be used in construction, that different designs and engineering techniques can be used to create really strong structures, and get an appreciation of the processes and organisation that’s needed to build a giant structure.”

With a significant number of Anglian Water’s workforce due to retire in the next 10 years, the company is looking for the talented engineers and technicians of the future. One of the ways it’s supporting more young people into these roles is by becoming the lead sponsor of the Greater Peterborough UTC and offering a range of apprenticeships.