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Sir John Armitt, Chairman Of Olympic Delivery Authority, To Be Knighted

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Sir John Armitt will be knighted for services to engineering and construction
Sir John Armitt will be knighted for services to engineering and construction

The man charged with overseeing the building of the venues, facilities and infrastructure for the Olympic Games will be knighted today by the Prince of Wales.

Sir John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), will be knighted for services to engineering and construction in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The 66-year-old engineer and former Network Rail chief executive told the Evening Standard earlier this month that the Olympic site has finally "nailed the lie" that Britain, unlike France, does not do "grand projects".

"The big opportunity was to take 600 acres of wasteland, a very heavily contaminated, rundown part of the east side of the city, and transform it into what is now going to be a new, magical place in London for the next 100 years," he said.

Six of the eight venues on the Olympic Park have plans in place for their future, while 16 expressions of interest have been lodged with the team working on future uses for the Olympic Stadium.

The Environment Agency said earlier this month that work to clean up the Olympic site and create the largest urban park in Europe for more than 100 years had also been completed.

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, of the Metropolitan Police, will receive the Queen's Police Medal at the ceremony for her work leading the investigation into the "honour killing" of Banaz Mahmod, 20, a Kurdish woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in 2006.

Goode said at the time the honour was announced that leading the investigation had been a "life-changing" experience for her.

"It was an extremely challenging and complex case, but also incredibly emotive.
We ended up with two trials and five people were convicted of murder," she said.

Professor Stephen Bloom, of Imperial College, London, a pioneer in the field of obesity and diabetes research, will be knighted for services to medical science.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince's Trust, will receive a CBE for services to charity and Dr Christopher Howard, head teacher of Lewis School, Pengam, Caerphilly, will be awarded an OBE for services to education. John and Patricia Bonthron, from Caerphilly, will receive MBEs for services to children after working as foster carers for nearly 30 years.

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