The group managing director of Midlands-based construction firm Thomas Vale has been honoured for his contribution to the industry.

Tony Hyde, responsibile for the strategic direction of the group, received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University (BCU) on February 16.

Thomas Vale employs 700 people and has a turnover of £225 million.

Mr Hyde received the honour at an Awards Congregation ceremony alongside students graduating from the university’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

He joined Thomas Vale in 1986 as design and build manager and became strategic business director in 1992.

That year he was one of five directors who undertook a management buy out of the company which then had a turnover of £10 million.

Mr Hyde was appointed group managing director in 2002 after holding the managing director position for Thomas Vale Construction.

Nick Morton, head of Birmingham School of the Built Environment at BCU, said: “Tony is a standard-bearer for enlightened models of working which place long-term sustainability and social conscience at their core.

“A professional colleague of staff within Birmingham School of the Built Environment for some 25 years, and a loyal friend not only to the school but to BCU as whole, he is an enthusiastic supporter of many of our academic initiatives.”

Mr Hyde has been appointed to the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) as deputy chair and as chair of the WLEP Business Board.

In 2009, he received the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence (WMCCE) award for Major Contribution to Excellence and Quality in the region.