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The deadline for the 2015 FAB awards by RIDBA is closing fast. 

Steel-frame building contractors only have a couple of months left to enter the 2015 FAB (Farm and Agricultural Buildings) awards run by RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association).

The deadline for entries for completed working buildings built between January 2013 and December 2014, giving potential entrants two whole years' worth of projects to consider relevant for the awards, is New Year's Eve, December 31st.

The 2015 awards have been extended to include farm buildings of different sizes and for non-agricultural use as well as 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. The buildings must be supplied by a RIDBA corporate member, typically a contractor or fabricator of steel or timber-framed buildings.

Winners will be announced at a gala presentation dinner at the Royal York Hotel in York on Friday 24th April 2015 following the organisation's AGM. The winner of the 2013 inaugural awards was Cross Lanes organic farm in Barnard Castle, which was designed and built by the town's specialist contractors Simpson & Allinson.

The 2013 winner of the sustainability category, and the 2013 third winner overall, was the Old Railway Line Garden Centre farm shop and restaurant in Brecon. Winner of the functionality category was Stowells Farms' 500-cow dairy complex and anaerobic digestion plant capable of producing enough electricity from manure and waste crops for 1,000 homes, in Wilcot, Wiltshire.

Second placed overall was The Countryside Restoration Trust's dairy unit at Pierrepont Home Farm in Frensham, Surrey, and winner of the non-RIDBA category was Hadspen Estates Shop's cow shed at Shatwell Farm, Yarlington, Somerset, which features a covered feed line disguised as a stone colonnade.

The host for the 2015 awards is Tom Heap, TV presenter of Countryfile and Animal 24:7 and of Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4. Tom is also a regular reporter for Panorama.

Sponsorship by manufacturer affiliates of RIDBA 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.


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