I see from the BD&E website that the Kruunusillat Bridge Design Competition, for a new light rail link in Finland, has ground to a halt. Apparently, an appeal by one of the teams has resulted in Finland's Market Court suspending the contest. A delay of two to twelve months is now forecast. I previously discussed the competition here.
52 teams had submitted prequalification entries. Seven of those had been disqualified for various reasons, and the remaining teams had been notified of how their entry had been scored, with the expectation that a shortlist of ten competitors would be announced at the end of September to move forward to the next stage.
Having seen the detailed judging panel comments and scoring for all the entrants, I was all set to post some comments here on who had been selected, and who had been left out. There were some surprising scores, to say the least, with some very experienced and capable entrants ranked well below less well-known teams. Some teams made multiple entries, and I'm aware of one engineering firm who were rated with a score of 200 for their engineering capability in one entry, but only 20 in another.
Many of the comments from the judges seemed poorly matched to the scores actually given - one very well known architect received a high score for their aesthetic capability despite being criticised for their insensitivity to bridge structures in the accompanying text.
The way the entries were judged seemed to favour the capabilities of individuals with a well-stacked CV over the capabilities of a broader team. That was always a bizarre approach to take.
I don't know who has scuppered the whole process but would have thought that some of the disqualified entrants would have been very surprised to find themselves in that position.
It will be very interesting to see what further news emerges. I imagine there are many disgruntled contestants beyond the one firm which went to the court. Would any of my readers care to click the comment button to provide further feedback?