Benoy, the international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, yesterday welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent to their headquarters at Handley House, Newark.
His Royal Highness travelled to Benoy to present the company with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. This was the second time Benoy has received a Queen’s Award, having previously won in 2008.
His Royal Highness was shown around Handley House and introduced to the work being undertaken in the UK and across the world. He was particularly interested in INDIGO, Beijing, which features the award-winning EAST hotel. The European team discussed Benoy’s presence in Central Europe and the Baltics, with a new appointment in Chodov, Prague and a project in Šantovka, also in the Czech Republic, due to open next month. The in-house Graphics department outlined the full scope of work they carried out both internally and for external clients.
The HR and Finance team highlighted to His Royal Highness a few of the reasons why Benoy has been recognised with the impressive prize. This includes its remarkable growth from a small firm which designed local agricultural buildings to having a significant presence on the world stage, with projects in over 50 countries and a multinational and ever-growing team of more than 500.
Benoy is deeply proud of its roots and remains committed to the UK market, with a portfolio which comprises Bluewater in Kent, Bullring in Birmingham and Westfield London. However, the company has established a world renowned reputation and its activity stems to the four corners of the globe with schemes including Centrum Černý Most, Czech Republic, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, UAE, Supernova, India, ION Orchard, Singapore and Elements Mall, Hong Kong
Over lunch, His Royal Highness met with not only Directors but also the next generation of Architects, who are undertaking the complex training needed to become world-class designers. They were joined by Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Colonel Timothy Richmond MBE DT DL as well as a number of local Civic Dignitaries.
Graham Cartledge CBE DL, Chairman of Benoy, commented: ‘We were honoured to be awarded with a Queen’s Award for the second time. It is an instantly distinguishable accolade that is hugely beneficial to our company’s reputation.’
‘To have His Royal Highness present us with the Crystal Bowl was quite overwhelming and we were delighted to host such an esteemed audience.’
‘The presentation was broadcast live to our offices in London, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Singapore who were able to share the event with us. The Award is for International Trade so it was only right that as many of our team members as possible could be part of the ceremony. Benoy is driven by a truly outstanding team whose tenacity and creativity has been acknowledged with this prestigious award. I am honoured to be Chairman of such a fantastic group of designers and I am proud of what we have delivered but equally excited about what we have on our drawing boards.’