As the engineer in charge of delivering the London 2012 Games infrastructure, he has delivered the massive project on time and to one of the budgets.
Nominating Sir John for the award, Professor Peter Guthrie, head of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, said: “Sir John Armitt is as close as it gets to a complete civil engineer today whose achievements and reputation are on the scale of the great Victorian engineers. He has embraced the opportunity to deliver one of the most prestigious, visible and successful engineering projects in the last 50 years.”
Ray O'Rourke, chairman and chief executive of Laing O'Rourke, said: “The success of the London 2012 project hinged on Sir John's deft leadership and understanding of the delivery requirements for this strategic project. He demonstrated great care in managing the politics surrounding the project and the many stakeholders who had an interest in it.”