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Tom Heap to support the FAB awards

The 2015 FAB awards by RIDBA will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Tom Heap.

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The 2015 FAB awards by RIDBA will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Tom Heap.

RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) has made two changes to its FAB (Farm and Agricultural Buildings) awards for 2015.

The entry criteria period for completed working buildings has been extended from January 2013 to December 2014 to give potential entrants two whole years’ worth of projects to consider relevant for the awards.

And the host for the second awards (the first was Kate Humble) 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.

The 2015 awards have also 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, attended by Tom Heap, at the Royal York Hotel in York on Friday 24th April 2015 following the organisation’s AGM.

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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