Cleveland Bridge helping to turn eight year old Lego fanatic into future bridge builder

19th October 2017

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd is encouraging an eight-year-old Lego fanatic’s passion for engineering after his constructions earned him a tour of the company’s factory.

Oliver Doswell, who attends St John’s Church of England Academy in Darlington, had his interest in engineering sparked by a trip to the Ingenious Darlington festival in September.

Having visited exhibition stands of local engineering companies like Cleveland Bridge, Oliver was inspired to go home and take apart his Lego creations and start building small scale versions of the engineering structures and machinery he saw at the exhibition.

His Dad Mark shared Oliver’s creations on social media tweeting photos to Ingenious Darlington and Cleveland Bridge.

The Yarm Road-based company was so impressed with Oliver’s efforts its team organised a visit to its 22-acre site so he could see first-hand how it builds giant structures including road and rail bridges.

Oliver spent time in Cleveland Bridge’s extensive production facility where he found out how bridges are made while meeting with members of the company’s workforce who encouraged him to follow his dream to become an engineer.

Oliver said: “Visiting Cleveland Bridge was amazing. I have been looking forward to going for ages and it was very exciting. Everyone was really friendly and it has made me want to be an engineer even more than I did before.”

Mark Doswell said: “This visit has definitely grown Oliver’s passion for engineering. He was excited enough when we visited the exhibition stands at Ingenious Darlington, but his eyes really lit up when he walked into the factory at Cleveland Bridge.

“His mum and I will continue to encourage him to follow his dreams, which will, maybe one day, lead him to working on the kind of projects that has made Cleveland Bridge world-famous.”

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, said: “Oliver’s enthusiasm for engineering is fantastic and we were delighted to invite him to Cleveland Bridge. We are always keen to encourage young people into engineering and we wish him well with his school work, and his Lego building, which will help him achieve his engineering ambitions.”

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