But few building and civils personalities figure in the New Year Honours
MAINSTREAM building and civils contractors fared badly in the New Year Honours List only one representative, Roy Tazzyman, chief executive of engineering construction firm Davy, was made a CBE.
Unions did slightly better, with George Henderson, national secretary of the Transport and General Workers Unions construction section for the past 25 years, receiving an OBE.
Mr Henderson said:' I got a letter from the Prime Ministers office a few weeks ago. I thought it was a wind-up but I decided Id better say yes because it looked authentic.
I've no idea who nominated me, but Im delighted.'
Another long-serving trade unionist, Tom Graves, construction union UCATTs former national officer for central government, was made an MBE.
There were awards for three leading consulting engineers. Stuart Mustow, the immediate past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, was made a CBE.
The same award went to Graham Kinder, chairman of Babtie, while Tony Sanders, former managing director of Mouchel Management, received an OBE.
Four engineers working on emergency infrastructure in war-torn former Yugoslavia received MBEs for their humanitarian work. They are Philip Afful, Michael Bristow, Philip Casey and David Hardman.
Architect Michael Hopkins was knighted. With his wife, Patty, he was last years Royal Institute of British Architects gold medal winner for the new Glyndebourne Opera House. Brian Evans, Higgs and Hills manager in Cairo, was made an MBE for services to the British community in Egypt.
The Queen honoured ex-plumbers assistant at Balmoral estate William Kennedy and David Rogers, hot water fitter at Windsor Castle, with Royal Victorian Medals.
The full list of awards related to construction includes: Knighthoods: John Allen, chairman, Housing for Wales (Tai Cymru); Ronald Norman, chairman, Teesside Development Corporation.
CB: Alastair Balls, chief executive, Tyne and Wear Development Corporation; Stephen Crow, former chief planning inspector.
CBE: Eric Clark, chairman BICC (parent of Balfour Beatty); Anthony Ledwith, head of research, Pilkington.
OBE: Alan Bloomfield, group purchasing manager, Caberboard; Roger Browne, former assistant managing director, Taywood Engineering; David Edwards,
managing director SLP Engineering;
Peter Hills, professor of transport
engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne; Barry Natton, chief executive, Merseyside Improved Homes; Russell Rowbotham, director of housing, Dundee council; John Taberner, former external relations director, Eurotunnel; Michael Vint, chairman, Buildings Energy Efficiency Confederation.
MBE: Oswald Dodds, director of contract services, Northampton council; Thomas Inglis, former assistant head of building and surveying, Glasgow Caledonian University; Michael Justice, past president, Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association; James McRoberts, former stonemason, Craignethan Castle; Maureen Orde, assistant director, British Road Federation; Campbell Reid, board member, Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation; William Rice, former joiner, Department of the Environment; Douglas Wilkins, carpenter and handyman, Chequers estate;
Geoffrey Wilson, former buildings officer, London School of Economics.