Turner showed how to defy the recession

TO spot the handiwork of Turner & Townsend, you simply have to cast your eye across the London skyline.

Turner & Townsend, which triumphed in the board of the year category, is a construction consultancy which has kept growing during the building trade’s darkest hours.

While much of the British construction sector struggled in the face of weak demand, Turner & Townsend has reported strong growth.

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The Leeds-based group’s high profile work on The Shard in London, the tallest building in the European Union, has helped it to win work at home and abroad.

The company, which employs 3,239 staff across a global network of 80 offices, expanded its workforce by 16 per cent over the last year.

It opened eight new offices, entering Norway for the first time and extending further into the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia and China.

The company’s overseas expansion has been boosted by a string of strategic acquisitions in key markets – including Hong Kong, the US and Norway.

A series of high-profile project wins included the long-awaited redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the refurbishment of the world’s biggest greenhouse at the Royal Botanic Gardens

The award was collected by chairman Tim Wray, on behalf of Turner & Townsend’s board.

Mr Wray said the “very stable board” had a united vision.

He added: “It’s a tremendous accolade.

“We’ve won lots of awards over the years, but we’ve never won anything like this in York- shire.

“I think there’s no doubt there are green shoots of recovery out there. We’re going to continue to grow in 2014. We see even more success ahead.

“We haven’t grown overnight –it’s been a long journey.”