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New Year Honours 2013: CBE for Tony Pidgley

Berkeley Group’s Tony Pidgley was among the industry names in the 2013 New Year Honours list, becoming a commander of the British Empire.

Mr Pidgley, the founder and chairman of the house building and regeneration group, was awarded a CBE and is one of a number of industry names in this year’s list, with London regeneration and the Olympics recurring themes.

A CBE was also awarded to Paul Westbury, chief executive of London 2012 engineering consultants Buro Happold. His firm was part of ‘Team Stadium’, the design and construction team led by Sir Robert McAlpine.

Although there was little other mention of the industry’s role in the successful delivery of the London 2012, there was recognition for David Hickey, LOCOG’s head of Olympic Park Venues and Infrastructure delivery, who became a MBE.

John Burton, Westfield’s development director who led the Stratford City regeneration, was given an OBE.

The London regeneration theme was also highlighted with a MBE for Ian Tuckett, of the social enterprise group Coin Street Community Builders, which is focused on regeneration in London’s South Bank such as transforming the Oxo Tower Wharf.

Elsewhere, there was recognition for David Bucknall of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), who last year retired from the helm at Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) after more than 50 years.

His projects included Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, International Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena, and cost managing the restoration of Windsor Castle after the 1992 fire.

Wendy Blundell, of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) was also awarded an OBE for work in Northern Ireland.

Mervyn Richards, whose projects include Heathrow Terminal 5, received an OBE for services to Building Information Modelling and to the construction industry

David Baker, formerly of the Home Builders Federation and now CEO of building regulation group Robust Details, received an OBE.

There were also honours for those in the builders’ merchants business, including an OBE for Anne Ganley, managing director at Thompson’s Builders’ and Plumbers’ Merchants, and a MBE for David Ridgeon, vice-chairman of Ridgeon Builders Merchants.

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