British Library architect Colin St John Wilson, and Architectural Review editor Peter Davey were awarded a knighthood and an obe respectively in the New Year Honours List. Architect Alastair Mackenzie, chief planning officer at the Scottish Office, was awarded a cbe.
For Sandy Wilson it was a long-deserved award, coming at the end of a year in which political controversy over his building at St Pancras reached new heights (or possibly depths). A former partner of Sir Leslie Martin, from whom he 'inherited' the bl job, his practice worked almost exclusively on the project for 25 years, on two different sites. He dissolved the practice last year to form a new partnership.
Peter Davey, architect and former aj news editor, entered architectural journalism 30 years ago, and has edited the ar for the last 15. He has lectured on architecture throughout the world, and is the author of Arts and Crafts Architecture. He was the first journalist to be translated to the riba Council, where he served as honorary librarian from 1991-93. He described the award as 'very nice'.
Several honours went to individuals involved in the restoration of fire- damaged parts of Windsor Castle. Architect recipients were Siddell Gibson partner Giles Downes (cvo), and Donald Insall partner Alan Frost (lvo).
The construction industry as a whole received numerous honours, chief of which was a knighthood for Tarmac boss Neville Simms. Other awards went to the culture department's permanent secretary Hayden Phillips (kcb) and industrial design's James Dyson (cbe).