Architect Lord Rogers was awarded the exclusive title of “companion of honour” on the Queen’s birthday honours list this year.

The title is awarded to those making outstanding contributions to arts, science, medicine or government, with membership limited to 65. Lord Rogers, whose projects include the Millennium Dome in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, joins Norman Foster, playwright Harold Pinter and professor Stephen Hawking.

Elsewhere, Bob Blackman, national secretary of the T&G section of Unite, was awarded an MBE for services to safety, and Michael Finn, chairman of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, was awarded an MBE for services to building standards.

Gordon Masterson, vice president of the environment business centre at Jacobs Engineering Group was recognised with an OBE for services to civil engineering, as was Elizabeth Robson, managing director of Robson Builders, for services to the construction industry.

Peter Lobban, chief executive of training body ConstructionSkills, also received the OBE for services to further education, skills, and training.