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Benoy bags hat-trick of Chinese mega-projects

Benoy has bagged three major contracts in China worth around £4 million in fees to the practice

The commissions comes as prime minister David Cameron’s heads off on a trade mission to the country today. Arup and David Lock Associates are also understood to have picked up work in China recently.

Benoy’s first deal, with Maxon Group, is to design the Tongzhou Centre in Beijing. The mixed-use project in the city’s main business district features two high-rise office blocks, two accommodation towers and a luxury hotel.

In the second contract, Benoy has been commissioned by CapitaLand to design Raffles City in Shenzhen’s Nanshan district. This involves an office tower, shopping centre, hotel and a residential development.

Benoy’s third contract is with APP to design a 320-metre office tower, a five-star hotel, leisure and entertainment pavilion and five floors of shopping which will be linked to Shanghai’s Metro system.

Graham Cartledge, Benoy chairman, said: ‘We are honoured to announce three milestone contracts for Benoy in China. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to the evolution of the contemporary Chinese city and use our global expertise to design and deliver commercially-successful developments for our visionary clients.’

Business secretary Vince Cable said: ‘Benoy’s expanding presence in China is testament to the strong economic relationship between China and the UK, and to the benefits that trade and overseas investment can bring to UK companies.

‘I am pleased to see more and more companies capitalising on the opportunities offered by China’s development. I hope that this week’s visit will serve to open doors for more UK firms, and I wish Benoy every success in their future business.’

The firm has worked in China since 2001 and has completed 200 projects in the retail, hospitality, transport, residential and commercial sectors in 28 cities there.

Benoy was named Company Of The Year In China at 2009’s British Business Awards.

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