Architects Benoy have been named British Company of the Year in China at the 2009 British Business Awards.Other finalists included Tesco and Atkins – the award was presented in Bejing.
Now in its second successful year, the British Business Awards recognises and promotes excellence in innovation,enterprise and endeavour in the British business community in China.
A top ten UK design practice responsible for the Bullring in Birmingham, Westfield in London, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi,Elements in Hong Kong and the iconic Ion Orchard in Singapore – Benoy is thrilled that its passion for and commitment to China has been acknowledged by the British Business Awards.
Benoy started putting down roots in China in 2000 and the Company won its first contract to design Elements retail malland transportation hub above Kowloon’s MTR station in Hong Kong a year later. Benoy opened offices in Hong Kongin 2002, Shanghai in 2008 and will further consolidate its presence in the region by opening an office in Beijing earlynext year.
Nearly a decade on and Elements in Hong Kong is open for business and has received a number of high profile awards,including being named ‘Best Shopping Centre in Asia’ by the industry at MIPIM Asia in 2007.
Benoy is now contributing to the development of major sites in 24 cities across China including Beijing, Chengdu,Chongqing, Foshan, Guangdong, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Jinan, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Suzhou andTianjin. China now represents 30% of Benoy’s global turnover.
The British Business Awards Panel of Judges felt that Benoy had excelled through its demonstrated ability both to investin its capabilities and the local community, and also to win competitive projects in China in a range of influentialsectors such as retail, high-rise, airports, leisure and transport, propelling the Company’s export contracts inother regions across the world.
The Awards are organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in China with the support from UK Trade & Investment,British Council, China-Britain Business Council and the Confederation of British Industry. Her Majesty’sAmbassador to the People’s Republic of China, Sir William Ehrman, is Patron.