; Master Builder Awards 2017: Lifetime Achievement Award
The Federation of Master Builders

Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

Ken Farnham - Lifetime Achievement Award winner

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.

Overall winner - Master Builder Awards 2017

Congratulations to John Dynes & Son, worthy winner of the 13th Master Builder Awards.

Small Renovation Project

True Build Director, Paul Dempsey regards this Edinburgh build as "the most challenging project yet".

Large Renovation Project & Heritage Project

Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd has secured the titles for work on a prestigious listed property surrounded by amazing gardens.

Energy Efficient Project

Northern Irish builder Setanta Construction Ltd has picked up the national Energy Efficient Project title for a passive modern farmhouse.

Builders Merchant Award

The judges were impressed by the company’s culture, both as a place to work and to do business with.

Heavenly Builder

Donald went above-and-beyond to ensure that David was comfortable and as undisturbed as possible during building works...

Commercial Project

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering Ltd, relished the challenge of pulling off a redevelopment worthy of the national title.

Apprentice Award

Northern Irish apprentice Kieran Magee has been chosen from a vast selection of impressive candidates to be crowned Apprentice 2017.

Kitchen or Bathroom Project

This smart and thoughtful move has secured Project One Installations the national award for best Kitchen or Bathroom Project.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The new Lifetime Achievement category is presented to a Master Builder who has contributed positively to the building industry.

Categories and Sponsors

Master Builder Awards 2017 categories and sponsors.


The Master Builder Awards Winner 2017 (builder) will win a Vauxhall LCV worth up to £20,000.

Northern Ireland Master Builder Awards

Northern Ireland Master Builder Award winners

Cymru Master Builder Awards

Wales Master Builder Award winners

Scotland Master Builder Awards

Scotland Master Builder Awards winners

Eastern Counties Master Builder Awards

Eastern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

Southern Counties & London Master Builder Awards

Southern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

Midland & South West Master Builder Awards

Midland and South West Master Builder Awards winners

North West and Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder Awards

North West and Yorkshire & Trent Master Builder Awards winners

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards

Northern Counties Master Builder Awards winners

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