Design and build a bridge for the future!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Humber Bridge Model Bridge Building Contest.

Imagine that there is no Humber Bridge and that, in 2022, you have been asked to design a new crossing across the Humber Estuary. When it was first built the Humber Bridge was the longest single-span bridge in the world and was cited by some as “the eighth wonder of the world”. 

We would like you to create a model bridge. It can be created out of anything – sticks, cardboard, or even Lego! As long as the model is free-standing and at least 30cm/11.8 inches long, the sky’s the limit! 

This can be done as a family, a school project, or just on your own for fun! Try to imagine what a bridge created in 2022 would look like! If you need inspiration, why not come down to the Humber Bridge and take part in the Virtual Tour on the West Walkway!

The winning design and runner-up will be shared on our website with the details of the entrant, and the description of the ethos of their design and the materials used. They will also win a prize and have the opportunity to have their model displayed.

The contest runs 14th July – 31st October 2022. The winner and runner-up will be revealed in November 2022.

Please review the Terms and Conditions before entering

Terms and Conditions 

  • The contest is open to Under 16’s only.
  • We encourage families to be involved in the project – as long as the entrant themselves is Under 16.
  • The competition is also open to schools.
  • The entrant must reside within one of the four local authorities
    • East Riding of Yorkshire
    • Kingston Upon Hull
    • North Lincolnshire
    • North East Lincolnshire
  • Entrants will grant full copyright of their photos to the Humber Bridge Board for general promotional purposes.
  • We are unable to process hard copies: all entries must be submitted using the online form
  • The Humber Bridge Board will choose 1 winner and 1 runner-up.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

When submitting entries, include:

  • Name of entrant
  • Age of entrant 
  • Description of the materials they used
  • Brief description of why this design was chosen
  • A clear photo (up to 5) of the entry
  • Upload file in JPEG/PNG only via the Humber Bridge website
    • Colour photos only (unless specified otherwise that it is a design choice)
    • Landscape

Only submissions made in the following format will be accepted:

  • Format: Landscape (eg, wide)
  • Dimension: No less than 1500 pixels wide
  • Resolution: 600dpi
  • Maximum File Size: 35MB

How will the entries be judged?

  • Design
  • The bridge model must be free-standing
  • The bridge model must be a minimum of 30cm/11.8 inches long


Submission Form:

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.

Event Sponsors

Ultramarine Powerboat Services are a family-run company based in North Lincolnshire on the banks of the Humber Estuary.

Established in 2019, they specialize in skippered charter hire of a RIB for both commercial and leisure use. They also facilitate RYA training through their training partner Humber Rescue. They are mobile and can operate anywhere in the UK. More details can be found via their website.

The Ropewalk is a regionally acclaimed centre for the arts, housing galleries, sculpture garden, coffee shop, and Ropery Hall – a venue for live music, theatre, and cinema within a Grade II listed former rope factory. Other facilities include: a printmaking workshop; artists’ studios and meeting rooms available for outside lets. The arts centre is a quarter of a mile long and is popular with walkers who enjoy walking alongside The Ropewalk before stopping for a coffee in the Coffee Shop.