Student building paper tower

• Students join Anglian Water to become record breakers
• Anglian Water aims to inspire the next generation of engineers

Students will join Anglian Water to set a brand new Guinness World Record (February 18 and 19).

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

According to the Royal Academy of Engineering the UK needs one million more engineers by 2020 and only seven per cent of engineers are women.

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.

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

Students will attempt to build the tallest paper structure in the world with nothing but paper and pritt stick. The giant pyramid - standing 3.4m high - will be built from A4 recycled paper rolled into tubes and secured with rolled paper pegs.

Around 5,000 sheets of recycled paper will be used in the construction, which once complete will be large enough to fit two Ford Mondeo’s inside, yet 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.

“Paper is an extremely difficult material to work with and no one has been brave enough to build a paper structure of this size before. We may find the next Brunel or Roma Agrawal (Structural engineer who helped design and build the Shard) along the way.

“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. Of course, they’ll also get the chance to have lots of fun and hopefully become record breakers in the process!”

Anglian Water employees, including female engineers, will be taking part in the challenge giving young people the chance to ask what it’s like to be an engineer in real life.

The world record attempt will be held at Greater Peterborough UTC on 18 and 19 February as part of a week long taster week for new students starting at the Greater Peterborough UTC from September 2016.