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Finalists for RIDBA's 2015 FAB awards have been announced.

Countryside buildings shortlisted for the 2015 FAB (Farm and Agricultural Buildings) awards have been announced by RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association).

A total of 11 buildings are now in the running for a total of 12 awards as well as a first, second and third overall winner.

The categories are farm buildings over 250m2, non-agricultural buildings, light industrial buildings, equestrian buildings, most unusual building, diversification and best non-member building. This is in addition to most aesthetic, functional and sustainable buildings as 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. And these are in addition to an overall first, second and third prize.

Following the success of the first-ever FAB awards in 2013, six of this year's categories are new - diversification, industrial buildings, working farm buildings over and under 250m2, equestrian and unusual buildings. 

The shortlisted buildings for 2015 are:

A refurbished 17th Century barn for CJH Farming at Boyton Hall, Boyton Cross, near Chelmsford, Essex, by AC Bacon Engineering,
A new multi-purpose livestock building (stabling, hay storage and beef cattle) for the Suffolk Hay Company at Manor Farm, Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, also by AC Bacon Engineering,
A new dairy complex for Bristol University's School of Clinical Veterinary Science at Wyndhurst Farm, Langford, Somerset, by Roger Stewart Associates, 
A new office/training/technology centre for Agrii at Throws Farm, Stebbing, Essex, by AC Bacon Engineering, 
A new fire station for Andrew Scott Ltd at Horwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, by Shufflebottom,
A new building for Labman Automation at Seamer Hill, Seamer, North Yorkshire, by Yorkshire Steel Buildings,
A new clubhouse for Lampeter Rugby Club in Ceredigion by Shufflebottom,
A new sales/service building for The Doubleday Group at Swineshead, Lincolnshire, by AC Bacon Engineering,
A new livestock/office building for Hampton Hewitt at Markethill sales yard, Markethill, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, by Lappin Engineering,
A new play barn at Pink Pig Farm, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, by Shufflebottom,
A new curved-roof barn at Marlbrook Farm, Newnham Bridge, Worcestershire, by Robinson Structures. 

The awards will be made at a gala dinner attended by Suzannah Nichol MBE, chief executive of the NSCC (National Specialist Contractors Council), at the Royal York Hotel in York on Friday 24th April when the winners will receive their trophies from Countryfile presenter Tom Heap.

Sponsors of this year's awards are Marley Eternit, Wedge Galvanising, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Brett Martin Daylight Systems, A Steadman & Sons, United Roofing Products and Joseph Ash Galvanizing.

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.


Pictured: Labman Automation

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