UK based Race Track Design firm wins prestigious Queen’s Award

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Driven International, a motorsport venue design firm, has received royal recognition for designing world class facilities in the UK and abroad.

Based in Hook in Hampshire, the specialist design company has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for their international growth over the past three years. They were named in the International Trade category.

They join 7,000 other UK enterprises to receive the Award since they were established in 1965. Each Award is approved by Her Majesty The Queen following recommendation by the Prime Minister, and is regarded as the most prestigious recognition for UK businesses.

Driven is building a worldwide reputation for their unique approach using simulators and virtual reality technology to design race tracks, test tracks and experiential driving venues.  As well as working for many UK track venues on upgrades, 90% of their work is overseas with clients in India, USA, Middle East, China and Australia.  Recent commissions include master planning a new 200 acre automotive innovation park & test circuit near Toronto, Canada, designing the Lebanon International Autodrome which includes a 1.8km FIA grade 4 race track and the team are currently penning a new FIA grade 3 Circuit in Hawaii.

Ben Willshire, Managing Director and founder of Driven International, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award, particularly during such difficult times for all business owners as we face the challenges of COVID-19.

“It is a privilege and honour to have been recognised at the highest level by Her Majesty The Queen, and an award that I am incredibly proud of.  Winning this award reflects the hard work and commitment by our entire team and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the company over the past five years and made this achievement possible.”

This is not the first prestigious award bestowed upon Driven International. The organisation, which formed in 2014, has been previously celebrated for their international trading efforts, twice winning the ‘Inspire International Business of the Year’ award in 2017 and 2018.