Queensferry's perfect balance breaks records


Scottish engineering has once again set standards for the world to follow, after the announcement that the Queensferry Crossing has made it into the Guinness World Records.

The centre tower deck has broken the record for the largest freestanding balanced cantilever in the world.


The 644-metre cantilever will be soon connected to the flanking towers and viaducts to form the final superstructure but experts at Guinness World Records inspected and officially ratified the record while the deck is in this temporary state.

Once complete the Queensferry Crossing will also be the tallest bridge in the UK and longest bridge of its type anywhere in the world.

Cabinet secretary for the economy Keith Brown said: ‘We can all agree the Queensferry Crossing is a modern marvel and a world-class feat of engineering. It’s only fitting then that the bridge has been awarded a Guinness World Records title.

‘This world-record breaking structure is all the more remarkable when you consider the extreme weather conditions often experienced out in the Firth of Forth, especially working up above the water between 60 metres and 210 metres high. Everyone who has worked so hard and skilfully to build this amazing bridge is a world record beater in their own right.’

After the work started in September, each 16 metre, 750 tonne section of deck has been added piece by piece and the central tower deck fan is now fully complete.

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