ODA chief John Armitt awarded knighthood

Olympics leaders among several construction figures honoured

The chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority John Armitt has been awarded a knighthood, leading a New Years honours list containing several construction leaders.

Mr Armitt, who was honoured for his services to the construction industry, said he was especially proud of what the sector had achieved in building the Olympic Park.

“That we have been able to keep this project on time and within budget is down to the hard work of the ODA team, our delivery partner and other organisations involved in the delivery of the games.

“None of this would have been possible without the knowledge and expertise of the engineering and construction team - from workforce to management,” he said.

Former ODA director of construction Howard Shiplee was also honoured with an OBE for his services to the industry.

Construction leaders receiving CBEs included Wates deputy chairman James Wates and Ruby McGregor-Smith, chief executive of Mitie

OBEs were awarded to former Institution of Civil Engineers director general Tom Foulkes, Amec chief executive Neil Bruce and Gratte Brothers business development director Graham Manly.

MBEs went to Cowlin Construction divisional managing director David Harris, former URS Scott Wilson board director Mark Bew, Dow Building Solutions sales and marketing manager Jayne Law and Faith Wainwright, director at Arup, for services to the built environment and engineering professions.

The senior project manager at the Highways Agency responsible for the Hindhead tunnel project Paul Arnold was also honoured with an MBE.

From the Housing sector, the head of affordable housing at the Homes and Communities Agency Fiona Macgregor was awarded an OBE.

Chair of Cassiltoun Housing Association in Glasgow Anne Stuart and Southern Housing Group projects officer Vincent Wedlock-Ward were given MBEs.

Former Lord Mayor Michael Bear was also knighted for his services to regeneration.

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