Clifton Suspension Bridge has been named ‘Bridge of the Year 2014’ in the Othmar H. Ammann Awards hosted by US website The Bridge Hunter’s Chronicles. Taking 77% of the vote and beating the Fehmarn Bridge in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (second place), the Firth of Forth Bridges in Scotland (third place) and Tower Bridge in London (not placed) in an international competition, award hosts said that the Clifton Suspension Bridge was clearly very much loved.
The awards are named after internationally known bridge engineer, Othmar H. Ammann who immigrated to the US from Switzerland and left his legacy for the next generations to awe in wonder. Each year in November nominations are collected for the categories of Lifetime Legacy, Best Snapshot, Best Kep Secret, Mystery Bridge, Best Bridge Preservation Practice and Bridge of the Year. A photograph of the bridge was also placed second in the Best Snapshot category.
Bridgemaster David Anderson said “it is wonderful for the bridge to receive recognition on an international scale and a lovely surprise to receive an award.”