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MD Anthony builds on its reputation for award-winning projects.

Ely-based family company MD Anthony has swept the board at a national award ceremony.


The specialist steelwork and cladding contractor, which has offices on The Dock Business Park, was overall winner and winner of three of the seven categories at the 2019 RIDBA awards which showcase the best in rural and industrial buildings. MD Anthony was also highly commended in a fourth category.

And the project that it won overall with was in partnership with another East Anglian company, the building contractor PB Doyle, based on the Lynx Business Park in Snailwell near Newmarket.

The winning project was local too - the Dojima Sake Brewery in Fordham near Newmarket. Winner of the commercial category, the build combined Japanese culture with a Grade II listed site. The project was supported by Department for International Trade and the Japanese government as the brewery is an essential part of a £9million investment to create 100 jobs over five years.

The RIDBA judges made the sake brewery overall winner based on its “remarkable” design and creative aspects such as an end gable wall which features a Japanese symbol glazed into the cedar cladding.

“The building is both functional and aesthetically pleasing and the judges were particularly impressed with how the project overcame its challenging brief. It is a worthy winner and shows the capability and creativity within the industry,” they said.

MD Anthony also won the residential category with the Y House in Cambridge - a bespoke, eco-friendly private house - and was additionally shortlisted in this category with a barn conversion project at Shouldham near Downham Market.

The recreation and leisure category was won by MD Anthony's new orangery at Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa near Kettering which was designed to match the existing Grade I listed 16th Century hall.

MD Anthony was highly commended in the industrial category for Kingsley Beverages' refrigeration plant building near Peterborough which was a particularly complicated project due to the Health and Safety measures that had to be incorporated for Kingsley employees.

Managing director James Anthony, whose father Malcolm founded the company 42 years ago, was presented with their awards by TV presenter and zoologist Lucy Cooke during a black tie ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham on Friday (March 15th).

He said: “We were absolutely delighted not only to win so many awards for ourselves but also because they promote the breadth of talent in the region for designing and constructing standout buildings.”

MD Anthony had previously won the equestrian category at the 2017 RIDBA Awards.


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