London transport commissioner Peter Hendy heads the list of engineers recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for 2013, earning a knighthood for services to transport and the community.
London mayor Boris Johnson said Hendy “richly deserves” the honour.
‘He has shown outstanding leadership as London’s transport commissioner, including overseeing the largest ever investment programme in the capital’s transport network and record breaking passenger numbers and operational performance,” said Johnson. ‘He also led the successful operation of the transport network for the London 2012 Games, demonstrating to the world that London is the best city to live, work, visit and invest in.”
Johnson also paid tribute to the work of all London’s transport workers as he welcomed the award of the OBE to London Underground’s (LU’s) chief operating officer Howard Collins for services to the London 2012 Games and LU; and the award of the MBE to Nana Nyarko, bus service controller, for services to London Buses following his outstanding bravery and commitment to colleagues and customers during the public disorder of August 2011.
Other engineers recognised for London 2012 efforts include Buro Happold chief executive Paul Westbury, who received the CBE. His firm was part of Team Stadium, the design and construction team led by Sir Robert McAlpine.
There was recognition for David Hickey, LOCOG’s head of Olympic Park venues and infrastructure delivery, who is awarded the MBE.
ICE Northern Ireland boss Wendy Blundell was also awarded an OBE for work in the region.
Mervyn Richards, whose projects include Heathrow Terminal 5, received an OBE for services to Building Information Modelling and to the construction industry.