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Richard Murphy surprised by New Year OBE

Richard Murphy has been appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Years Honours List.

The architect was awarded the honour for 'services to architecture'. Also recieving an OBE is Alan Smith, founder of the Red Box Design Group, for 'services to architecture in the Northeast'.

The pair are joined by Roger Madelin, chief executive of King's Cross developer Argent, who is made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for 'services to sustainable development'.

Also a CBE is Peter Rogers, brother of the ennobled Richard, who as director of Stanhope was given the award for 'services to construction'.

Speaking this morning, Murphy said he was rather 'lost for words' because he had not expected it.

'The guys in the office have reminded me that OBE stands for Other Buggers' Efforts.

'But they are right that this office is a collective effort and I think that this is a recognition of everyone's work.

'This did come out of the blue because I've always thought of myself as quite anti-establishment so it was a bit of a surprise,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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