Benoy, the international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphics Designers, was delighted to be part of the biggest entourage of British business people ever taken on an overseas trip by a UK Prime Minister. Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman of Benoy, was part of the delegation that included four ministers plus nine other parliamentarians and took in Delhi and Mumbai, the city that is home to Benoy’s India operation.
“India is a stimulating market for architects, designers and indeed for international business. The unique environment is a fitting place for the Benoy Team to realize some of its most inspiring work; work that is a compelling mix of genuine creativity, commercial awareness and green innovation.” Remarked Graham.
During the trip, Benoy signed a MOU with Delhi-based Supertech India Ltd to seal and indeed celebrate their on-going work on the iconic development, Supernova, Noida. Supernova will incorporate five towers one of which, the Spira Tower, is set to be Northern India’s tallest mixed-use development. This state-of-the-art destination is believed to have a construction value of around £170million.
Benoy also announced the commencement of their fourth project with Prestige Group, one of South India’s premier developers, to develop a new mall. The mall will be located in the heart of the IT corridor that runs from East to South Bangalore and is believed to have a construction value of around £25million. Over the past two years, Benoy has nurtured a strong and successful working relationship with Prestige and this is amply demonstrated by the repeat business that they are winning. Working on both refurbishment and new build projects, the schemes embrace Retail and Leisure – two energetic sectors in the Indian market.
Despite the worldwide economic downturn, Benoy’s global turnover has increased by 39% since 2008 and, more specifically, the turnover generated by work in India has increased by 13%. This demonstrates just how important India is as a market to Benoy.
Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green, who was part of this very high level delegation, said:
“Government is clear that we must build deeper ties with India. This means supporting and encouraging a range of companies, both large and small, to do business there in the future, and I am delighted that Benoy is part of the delegation for this trip.”