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Enterprising architects land Queen's business accolade

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The government has honoured Marks Barfield Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects with the UK's highest business prize - the Queen's Award for Enterprise. The two practices were among 123 companies recognised, a list whittled down from more than 1,000 entries.

Marks Barfield, designer of the London Eye, won an award in the Innovation category, while environmental architecture expert Feilden Clegg Bradley took one for Sustainable Development.

Richard Feilden said the practice was delighted to have landed the award. 'We were one of the first practices to recognise the importance of environmental issues and we have continued to research and develop our thinking. Those involved with buildings have a huge responsibility in achieving the 'triple bottom line' - social, environmental and economic, ' he said.

David Marks and Julia Barfield said winning the award was a 'great honour'. 'The Wheel has become not just a landmark for London, but also the UK, ' they said. 'For the London Eye to have been visited by almost 12 million people, becoming Britain's most successful paid-for attraction, speaks for itself.'

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