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The Ely firm has won a national award with the help of two other regional businesses.

Three East Anglian companies, led by family firm MD Anthony of Ely, have teamed up to win a prestigious national award.

Steel frame building contractor MD Anthony, based on The Dock Business Park in the city, won top equestrian project in the hotly contested RIDBA (Rural and Industrial Design and Building) awards on Friday 17th March.

The prize, a mounted podger or spanner, was for their work on two American barns at Rathmoy Stables on Hamilton Road, Newmarket, which was designed by equestrian specialists KWA Architects of High Street, Babraham, Cambridge, for main contractor PB Doyle of Lynx Business Park, Snailwell, Newmarket.

MD Anthony were also a finalist in the same category, with the furlong covered racehorse training ring at the same yard.

Managing director James Anthony, whose father Malcolm founded the company 38 years ago, was presented with his award by TV presenter Kate Humble during a black tie ceremony at the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff.

He said: “We were delighted to win this award, not just for ourselves but because it recognises the breadth of talent in the region for designing and constructing standout buildings.”

Rathmoy Stables is a purpose-built racehorse training yard backing onto the Newmarket Racecourse gallops. The previous yard facilities had needed substantial refurbishment but the decision was made to demolish them and rebuild from scratch.

Unlike standard American barns, the new ones by MD Anthony are built in a traditional style but using modern materials such as slate roofing using composite panel tile support system, and bespoke vented turrets. Each houses 18 boxes with a central tractor way. They were praised by the judges for their highly detailed finishes and pleasing aesthetics.

As with a prestigious racing yard, there was an expectation to build to an extremely high level of quality with a detail of finish to standards expected by the racing fraternity. During the build process, and conscious of working adjacent to other racing establishments, a level of site tidiness well above the norm was expected, while noise levels were to be kept to a minimum avoiding disturbance to neighbouring yards and the Jockey Club gallops.


Pictured from left: Simon Bowen of category sponsors Metsec, James Anthony and Kate Humble.

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