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Halloween deadline for treat of a farm building award 

Farm building contractors have just a few weeks left to enter a pioneering award to recognise excellence in agricultural construction.

The FAB (Farming and Agricultural Buildings) award scheme has been launched by RIDBA (the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) to counter this challenging time for the agricultural sector and give some feel good factor back to the industry. The deadline for entries is October 31st. 

The award aims to recognise and reward contractors and clients who have taken the time and effort to ensure their new farm building is sympathetic to the local landscape, while ensuring it is fit for purpose and has been designed with sustainability in mind.

Supplied by a RIDBA corporate member (typically a contractor or fabricator of steel or timber framed buildings) the building must be a working one. The award excludes industrial and commercial buildings unless they are associated with agriculture, such as a farm shop or café, but includes equestrian buildings.

Construction of the building must have started after January 2010 and been completed by October this year. 

Judged by the sponsors Wedge Galvanising, Kingspan Insulated Panels, Marley Eternit, Brett Martin Daylight Systems and Steadman's, as well as RIDBA chairman Geoff Simpson, their decision will be based on 50% of the marks being allocated for aesthetics/design, 30% for functionality/fit for purpose, and 20% for sustainability.

A shortlist is expected to be announced by the end of the year and all of the shortlisted entries will then be visited by a judges' representative, ready for the prize giving at a prestigious national event in Bath on 19th April 2013. 

This will be complemented by a conference on farm building design, including discussion on planning and animal welfare issues, organised by RIDBA's Wessex branch.

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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