Many thanks to Bridge Design and Engineering magazine on Twitter, who recently asked the following question with regard to the Carbuncle Cup:
Do we need it? Not really. Should we do it anyway? Well here it is, the inaugural BAMPOTs. (Again, for readers unfamiliar with the source idiom, see online).Do we need a similar award for bridge projects I wonder? https://t.co/NgGb90UsLX— Bd&e (@bdebridgeweb) August 30, 2017
I'm a firm believer that we (the industry that promotes, designs and builds bridges) can learn as much from failure as from success, and we should never be afraid of being honest. The idea of learning from structural failure has a long tradition, but here I'm looking to consider a wider range of failures: function, appearance, delivery etc.
When better to announce this new award than in the week when some of the industry's very best will be celebrated at the Footbridge Awards? The need for some balance feels pressing.
I have some ideas of my own for candidates for this award, but I'm inviting open nominations here: just visit this page on the blog, and add your suggestion(s) in the comments. Please include a link to details of the bridge, and a brief description of why you think it deserves wider attention. Keep it short and to the point. Don't be libellous - I may not publish inappropriate comments.
Bridges should either have been completed within the last decade, or the site of a "failure" incident within that same time (e.g. a botched restoration etc). I'll stretch those limits if a particularly good candidate is put forward.
I'm not including unbuilt bridges, as I think London's Garden Bridge would currently have too large an advantage.
The deadline for nominations is midnight (GMT) on Friday 15th September, although it may be extended if I don't get sufficient response (or this whole exercise may be unceremoniously binned!) Please help get the word out by sharing a link to the BAMPOTs via social media etc: let's make a success out of celebrating failure together.
Subject to getting enough nominations, I'll then organise some kind of voting system to decide on an appropriate winner or winners.