Notts architect Benoy marks India push with major deals29 July 2010
An international firm of Notts-based architects has signed three major contracts while accompanying the Prime Minister on a high-powered trip to India.
Newark architects Benoy has won contracts to design multi-million-pound schemes in Bangalore and Mumbai worth £1.6 million in fees to the practice.
The deals were signed by Benoy chairman Graham Cartledge, who has joined the Prime Minister on the visit to India.
David Cameron is leading a powerful delegation of cabinet ministers, including Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable, and senior business leaders.
Benoy said the landmark developments would deliver world-class shopping, leisure, luxury, lifestyle and exclusive residential living enhancing the quality of urban life in India.
GKW Residences, Bangalore, is situated on Bangalore's highly desirable Whitefield Road.
The 195,000m² (2.1m sq ft) high-end residential development will feature a luxury apartment tower and exclusive private townhouses, landscaped with verdant green spaces.
The client, Phoenix Mills, chose Benoy to realise what will become a highly sought-after residential development on a prime site in Bangalore.
RMZ Bangalore will be the first retail venture for Benoy's client, RMZ, which was keen to work with an award-winning, international retail and commercial architect.
The team of Benoy designers working on this project will take inspiration from the historical context of the site, climate, culture and commercial potential of its position.
High Street Phoenix is a scheme in the heart of Mumbai adjacent to the existing Palladium Mall and soon-to-open Shangri-La Hotel.
Phoenix Mills has appointed Benoy to design a 270,000m² (2.9m sq ft) prime mixed-use destination which will include high-end serviced apartments, a hotel, office space and a retail mall.
The Benoy practice was founded in Notts in 1947 and has grown to become a substantial international commercial practice with offices in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Mr Cartledge added: "There is a unique historical connection between the UK and India and we are honoured to play a part in its continuing story."
Mr Cable congratulated Benoy on winning the contracts.
He said: "Benoy has achieved significant success around the world, opening the way for other UK creative companies.
"With India forecast to become the fastest-growing nation in the world this year, the potential for further partnership is huge."