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RIDBA members had such a FABulous time at their first-ever awards they are set for a repeat.

Following the success of its inaugural FAB (Farm and Agricultural Buildings) awards, RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) has announced it will repeat the exercise in 2015.

This year's awards, presented to the winners by TV presenter Kate Humble at a prestigious ceremony in Bath, attracted dozens of entries ranging from farm shops and garden centres to dairy units with anaerobic digestion plants and covered feed lines disguised as stone colonnades.

 The overall winner, and the winner in the design/aesthetics category, was Cross Lanes organic farm in Barnard Castle, which was designed and built by the town's specialist contractors Simpson & Allinson. Co-founder Geoff Simpson accepted his prize - a mounted podger (a specialist spanner for erecting steelwork) - from Ms Humble.

As well as the design/aesthetics category, the competition also featured categories for functionality/fit for purpose and sustainability. Nine entries were shortlisted for a total of seven awards.

The judges were sponsors Marley Eternit, Wedge Galvanising, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Brett Martin Daylight Systems and Steadman's, as well as the Institute of Agricultural Engineers' president Andy Newbold.

The competition was launched in RIDBA's 56th anniversary of its formation as the Farm Buildings Association to recognise excellence in farm buildings and to reward contractors and clients.

Awards organiser and RIDBA secretary Tony Hutchinson said: “The response to our inaugural awards was so phenomenal we are now planning to make it a biennial event.”

Preliminary details for the 2015 FAB awards are expected to be released later this year.


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