Best Bridge 2017

The WAN Best Bridge Award is anew global competition highlighting the increasing importance of this sector as transport links between major urban areas steadily improve.

Increasingly bridges are viewed as major landmark structures and this was recently underlined by the Humber Bridge in the UK being granted Grade I listed status on the 36th anniversary of its opening.

This award celebrates the innovation and elegant design that is currently being applied to bridge projects and highlights the importance of eye-catching architecture and robust structural engineering.  

We are looking for the best examples of completed  bridges across any category whether it is rail, road, pedestrian etc.

A panel of industry leaders will judge the entries and they will be singling out the designs that take a unique approach to designing bridge projects that forge a link between local communities across the globe. Their endorsement will lead to international recognition of your work as a leader in this field.

Benefits of entering  

Our aim is to deliver maximum exposure for newly completed and inspiring projects across all WAN AWARDS categories, with areas as diverse as Adaptive Reuse, Transport, Performing Spaces and Waterfront Architecture. We welcome entries from practices of all sizes and specialties, our aim is to reward outstanding work.

Winning the WAN AWARDS has proven to be a significant asset, establishing your firm's credentials as a design leader within the sector and often leads to direct opportunities with new clients. In fact, many of our judges have gone on to collaborate with previous award recipients.

GLOBAL EXPOSURE: Upon entering, your work will be featured permanently on the WAN AWARDS’ website. In addition, a gallery of entries will be published in News Review, showcased to our readership of approximately a quarter of a million property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

INTERNATIONAL JURY PANEL: Your project will be judged by a top-level international jury panel of highly influential people including developers, clients and leading designers, providing a unique opportunity to promote your work to leading experts.

A CHANCE TO JUDGE: WAN AWARDS winners are often invited to join our jury panels in subsequent years

WINNERS' PRESS KITS: Awarded along with a certificate, this contains a specially designed logo to signify the status of the Winner, Shortlisted or Commended entries along with an official dedicated press release, enabling you to quickly and easily share your success with the local and international media.

AWARDS EVENT: We will be holding an awards ceremony in the later part of the year. All winners will be announced at this 2017 event. Date yet to be confirmed.

If you would like to showcase your firm’s capabilities and gain critical acclaim in the global marketplace, enter the WAN AWARDS today.

Closing date for entry is 31 October  2017. Early Bird discounted registration ends 30 September 2017.

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all projects completed during the last three full calendar years, on or after 01 January 2014.

Submission format & guidelines  

Online upload

Please upload one thumbnail, main image and supportive text (We advise around 200-250 words for your online entry.)

Please make sure to include the use of the building if not immediately obvious. Please use this space to summarise & outline your project attributes.

PDF Presentation

Please supply a 10 page, one sided, hi-res A3 PDF (this can be portrait or landscape)

Presentation is important, judges are influenced by a clearly presented scheme that they understand. It's the first step to get them to connect with your project. Follow the tips below and you will greatly increase your chances of winning.

Please view GUIDELINES for your entry.

The presentations are NOT anonymous. Feel free to incorporate your firms name and logo where appropriate.

The deadline for both the online upload and 10 page A3 pdf is 31 October 2017: 5pm (GMT)

You are allowed to submit an unlimited number of entries in one or multiple categories. One entry fee = one project submission. 

How to enter  

Click the yellow 'Enter Now' button.

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'sign up' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in, please follow the instructions, ensuring you have selected the correct category.

Please direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration or payment to wanawards@haymarket.com

UK entries please add VAT.

Judging criteria  

The judges will use their experience in the sector to assess your project on a number of factors to get to the short list including; Originality, Innovation, Form, Function, Sustainability and Context.

The shortlisted projects will then be tested to see whether your design has:

Addressed any key challenges within the client brief

and/or

Pushed the accepted boundaries for this building type 

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.

The competition stages  

A long list of around twenty five projects will initially be selected, but the total figure will depend entirely on the final amount of entries submitted by the closing date. Further details of these projects will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the long list, a short list will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

On occasion, a project may be ‘commended’ even if they have not made the final six short list, and this is entirely at the discretion of the jury.

Cost  

The entrance fee is £409.50 but an early registration price of £357 is available for entries made before 30 September 2017.

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Winner

  • Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge - Istanbul

Shortlist

  • Undulating Bridge
  • Somers Town Bridge
  • Inner Harbour Bridge
  • Boomerang and Jungle footbridges
  • Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge - Istanbul
  • Christchurch Bridge, Reading

Longlist

  • The Tianyi Infinite Bridge
  • Undulating Bridge
  • Somers Town Bridge
  • Museum Bridge
  • Inner Harbour Bridge
  • Boomerang and Jungle footbridges
  • Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge - Istanbul
  • Elizabeth Quay Bridge
  • LALA Bridge
  • Christchurch Bridge, Reading

All entries

  • The Tianyi Infinite Bridge
  • Undulating Bridge
  • Somers Town Bridge
  • Museum Bridge
  • Inner Harbour Bridge
  • Boomerang and Jungle footbridges
  • Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge - Istanbul
  • Elizabeth Quay Bridge
  • LALA Bridge
  • Christchurch Bridge, Reading

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