Conference will showcase farm building ideas
EXPERTS on designing farm buildings are staging a conference in April to showcase ideas for new structures and conversions.
It will examine how the latest regulations, materials and techniques will affect building for the next 15 years, helping better animal welfare and structural integrity.
Members of the Wessex branch of the Rural Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) host the event at the Guildhall, Bath, on Friday, April 19.
It's the first event of its kind, involving leading speakers to cover the impact of emerging agricultural policies, the scale of farm businesses, the influence of building design on performance, and increasing landscape protection and planning considerations.
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Writer and broadcaster Kate Humble will be guest speaker and present the inaugural Farm Building Awards.
Wessex secretary of RIDBA, Peter Chance, said: "As the farming industry develops, buildings are getting larger and having to deliver more than ever before. There is increasing pressure to protect the countryside, and planning permission is becoming more difficult to obtain.
"Design and siting of farm buildings is vitally important – but we must always remember that farming made the countryside as we all know and enjoy it and must be allowed to adapt to change.
"With the right design and build, farm buildings can be both functional and attractive.
"It is only right that we celebrate those who achieve these objectives: complementing the local landscape, being fit for purpose and designed with sustainability in mind."
To reserve a place visit www.ridba.org.uk or contact Tony Hutchinson on 01449 676049.