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In September 2016, RIDBA (The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association), of which we are proud to be a member, announced a new event for 2017 as the following press release explains:

PRESS RELEASE 5 September 2016

RIDBA Launches New Awards Event for 2017

The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) has launched the RIDBA Building Awards 2017. Formerly known as the Farming and Agricultural Buildings Awards (FAB Awards), the new and improved Awards will remain the highlight of the industry calendar, comprising of new award categories and recognising innovation and excellence in the industrial and agricultural building industry.

Entries are now open for four award categories covering the full spectrum of the industries that RIDBA represents:

  • Rural – Cattle, Equestrian, Captive (zoo) and Domestic
  • Industrial – Light, Medium or Large
  • Other – Retail, Manufacturing, Leisure, Education and MOD
  • Training – Schemes and Projects or Managers and Apprentices

Entries close on 25 November and the winners will be selected by a panel of independent industry experts who will be looking for high quality workmanship, technical complexity and environmental qualities amongst additional criteria. The new RIDBA Training Award will recognise the commitment of RIDBA members to investing in a qualified and skilled workforce. Our confirmed judges so far are: David Collier (David Collier Rural Planning); Martin Heywood (RIDBA Technical Consultant); Graham Willmott (Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Roofwork (ACR)) and Sarah Garry (Skills Policy Manager, Build UK).

The winners will be announced by ‘Countryfile’ presenter Ellie Harrison in front of over 100 industry guests at an Awards Dinner taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff in March 2017. From securing a competitive edge to being recognised for outstanding work there are a huge number of reasons to enter the Awards. Award winners are also highlighted in RIDBA promotional materials and wider industry publications so the Awards are an excellent opportunity for RIDBA members to raise their company profile.

RIDBA Chairman, James Anthony said:

‘RIDBA has achieved a great deal within the industrial and agricultural building industry and the Awards will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase some exceptional work. A RIDBA award will be the sign of a true industry benchmark and excellence which will help companies stand out in the crowd.’

The RIDBA Awards 2017 are open exclusively to RIDBA members plus suppliers, architects and specifiers working with RIDBA members.

Well, the competition process has moved on and in a press release this week, 27 January 2017, they have revealed that a short list has been drawn up:

Head Judge and RIDBA Technical Consultant, Martin Heywood, said:

“Congratulations to the shortlisted companies who have demonstrated their commitment to high standards and quality. The judges had a difficult task in choosing the winners and with the support of Farming Monthly, I am sure the RIDBA Building Awards will be a true benchmark for the industry.”

The winners will be revealed at the RIDBA Building Awards Dinner on Friday 17 March featuring a champagne drinks reception and a 3-course dinner. The event will be hosted by popular Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison at the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff.

We would like to wish all entrants the best of luck and look forward to hearing more after the dinner in March.