Are you Britain’s best builder? The Master Builder Awards are open for entries

Are you Britain’s best builder? The Master Builder Awards are open for entries

The Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder Awards are the leading industry awards for small and medium-sized construction firms and the 2019 awards are now open for entries.


The purpose of the Master Builder Awards is to celebrate the incredible achievements of construction SMEs across the UK. They showcase examples of high-quality craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and building excellence. The awards acknowledge the hard work and contribution that master builders make to the construction industry.

At a glittering ceremony in London in September 2019, the overall winner of the 2019 Master Builder Awards will be crowned.

Why enter the Master Builder Awards?

  • The awards are open to FMB members and it is free to enter (with the exception of the Apprentice Award category);
  • As an award-winning business, winning enhances the credibility of a building firm and winners will be able to use the winner logo on their marketing materials;
  • The awards give the best building firms in the UK the industry recognition they deserve;
  • Winners receive increased business exposure through local and national media coverage;
  • The overall winner will drive away with a new Isuzu D-Max Utah Pick Up, worth more than £30,000.

There are many benefits to entering the Master Builder Awards but don’t just take our word for it, here is what our previous winners have said:

Lyme Regis, Kitchen/ Bathroom South West regional winner

Mew Developments Ltd were the South West Regional Award winners in the Kitchen/ Bathroom Category in 2017. Mew Developments picked up the award for its work on a stunning kitchen they installed in a timber framed building on a cliff side location in Lyme Regis. The kitchen was designed to match the contemporary lurch clad building with simple and stylish finishings.

Joe Mew MCIOB, Mew Developments Ltd, said: “We were surprised by the effect of our regional win in the Master Builder Awards. Many prospective clients had seen the announcement in various places and knew we had won. We felt it lifted our integrity and shows a high level of commitment to our projects, and clients felt that too.”

 Oving Village Hall, Energy Efficiency and Commercial project, Midlands regional winner

 Border Oak’s clever work on the construction of a brand new oak framed village hall in Oving, which is both environmentally and economically sustainable, won them two awards: the Energy Efficiency and Commercial categories. The village hall provides a flexible and attractive meeting space for the local community that sits well with its rural setting.

Merry Albright, of Border Oak Design and Construction, said: “We were honoured to have been awarded a regional prize last year and feel that the award has given us highly valuable exposure and validation from a prestigious and nationally recognised foundation such as the FMB.”

 Edinburgh, Small Renovation national winner

True Build Trade Services Ltd were national award winners in the Small Renovation category. The company took the prize for a stunning extension on a traditional stone building dating back to the 1900s. The project started out as an extension and then rapidly evolved to include a number of major internal changes, including the addition of two new bathrooms.

Paul Dempsey, MD at True Build Trade Services Ltd, said: “Winning the Award has led to us winning more work: many prospective clients comment that we have won the Award. Clients know they can expect quality work from us and it holds a lot of weight. It was easy and straight forward to apply.”

 Dower House, national award winner for best Large Renovation Project and Heritage Project

Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd picked up a remarkable double win in 2017, securing the national prize for best Large Renovation Project and Heritage Project. The project involved the demolition of a 1960s wing at Dower House and construction of several large extensions and extensive landscaping.

Alan Staley of Alan Staley Building Contractors Ltd, said “There is no doubt that awards like this enhance a company’s profile and give sound reassurance to clients. We have two years’ worth of work scheduled in ahead of us.”

2019 Categories

The 2019 categories are:

Award Description
2019 Master Builder Award Overall Winner. Judges’ Choice Award.
Small Renovation Project Residential/domestic restoration, refurbishment or extension costing up to £50,000.
Medium Renovation Project Residential/domestic restoration, refurbishment or extension costing over £50,000 but under £150,000.
Large Renovation Project Residential/domestic restoration, refurbishment or extension over £150,000
Low Carbon Project


Projects that achieve a measurable reduction in carbon emissions and a low-carbon footprint.
New Home


For builders demonstrating a strong commitment to building quality new homes.
Kitchen Project A kitchen from a new build/renovation project.
Bathroom Project A bathroom from a new build/renovation project.
Heritage Project


A pre-1919 building which has been renovated, sympathetic to the original style.
Commercial Project New build or refurbishment of a commercial building.
Public Sector/Local Authority A public sector or local authority project e.g. build projects used for health, leisure, sports, education or community build initiative.
Heavenly Builder


Recognises builders who have gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional service.
Apprentice Award


Recognises an individual who has demonstrated exceptional practical skills and commitment in their chosen trade.
Lifetime Achievement Award Recognises an individual who has contributed positively to the building industry, the FMB, and their community.






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