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Gongs for Gough and Hodderin Queen's birthday honours


The Queen awarded honours to Piers Gough, Stephen Hodder and several building chiefs in her birthday honours list last week.

Gough, of czwg, is now a cbe. Hodder, of Hodder Associates in Manchester, will join others at Buckingham Palace in the autumn to receive his mbe.

No architect was knighted, but Professor Peter Hall, chair of the Town and Country Planning Association, and Alexander Morrison, chairman of Morrison Construction Group, were awarded Knights Bachelor. Mavis McDonald, director general of housing, construction and countryside regeneration at the doetr, received an Order of the Bath cb.

Alistair Wivell, md of Balfour Beatty Construction, won a cbe for services to building. obes went to William Ainsworth for services to architecture, and David Pickles, chief architect and energy manager for Newark and Sherwood district council, for services to energy efficiency. Alan Knight, environmental policy controller for b&q, also won an obe.

Gough reckoned he was rewarded for his presidency of the aa in its 150th anniversary year and for his committee work on English Heritage and other charities.

'There is a slight question of 'why me?'' he said. 'I haven't done a huge public building except for a lavatory in Westbourne Grove which I suspect does not push me into that bracket. Somebody obviously thinks I deserve it, so it would be churlish to say otherwise. It is wonderful to recognise people for services to architecture.'

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