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RIDBA has kicked off the second Farm and Agricultural (FAB) awards.

Following the success of the first-ever Farm and Agricultural Buildings (FAB) awards last year, RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Buildings Association) is holding a second event in 2015.

Entries are now being invited in an enhanced scheme which sees the potential for award wins being extended to farm buildings of different sizes and for non-agricultural use as well as to light industrial buildings.

As well as an overall first, second and third prize there will now also be awards for working farm buildings below and above 250m2, buildings changed for diversification, equestrian buildings and the most unusual building.

The FAB awards aim to recognise and rewards contractors and clients who have taken the time and effort to ensure their new farm buildings are sympathetic to and even complement the local landscape, while ensuring they are fit for purpose and have been designed with sustainability in mind.

Entries in all categories are judged on three criteria, with 50% of the marks being allocated for aesthetics/design, 30% for functionality/fit for purpose, and 20% for sustainability.

Supplied by a RIDBA corporate member, typically a contractor or fabricator of steel or timber framed buildings, the building must be a working one and completed between April 2013 and December 2014.

Winners will be announced at a gala presentation dinner, attended last year by Kate Humble, at the Royal York Hotel in York on Friday 24th April 2015 following the organisation's AGM.

Sponsorships are available to supplement last year's sponsors who are supporting again this year - Marley Eternit, Wedge Galvanising, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Brett Martin Daylight Systems and Steadman's.

RIDBA's 200+ members comprise contractors, designers, colleges, surveyors, land agents, planners, manufacturers and clients. The organisation campaigns on their behalf in the fields of good practice, health and safety and new legislation.


Caption: Cross Lanes organic farm shop - winner of the inaugural FAB awards.

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