Brought in to celebrate the Federation of Master Builders’ 75th anniversary, the new Lifetime Achievement category of the Master Builder Awards is presented to a Master Builder who has contributed positively to the building industry, the FMB or their community.
Collecting the first ever national award is Ken Farnham. Ken has been a longstanding member of the FMB, having served as both FMB Regional Chairman and Regional President while still finding the time to stand as Governor of Plymouth College of Art & Design and Chairman of the FMB South West regional charity fund. He has been commended for embodying all the qualities of professionalism that exemplify the best of the construction industry.
Gareth Guiver, Regional President FMB South West Region, said: “Ken is held in great esteem by his peers and his huge contribution to the construction industry makes him a very deserving candidate for this award.”
Ken was pivotal in raising £41,000 for Little Harbour hospice, with the money raised covering the build, fit-out and furnishing costs of an office at Children’s Hospice South West dedicated to supporting well siblings through the illness of their brother or sister. He was delighted that the FMB could make such a difference to the families of children living with life-limiting illnesses. Without his sterling work this generous donation would have never come to fruition.
Ken formed his own building firm Farnham Bros in 1962, covering a complete cross-section of building work including design and build, new house development and a specialism in listed building restoration. With over 50 years in the building industry, Ken can be attributed to the success of several housing developments, schools, nursing homes, shops and the restoration of countless historic buildings for the National Trust and English Heritage.
Ken is a member of The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council, Regional and National FMB Training Committee and a board member of Cross Construction Apprenticeship Task Force. He continues to uphold the high standards that the FMB represents.