Posts by: Helena Phillips

National Apprenticeship Week – 3rd-7th February 2020

Posted on the 24th February 2020

This National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we are celebrating the efforts of those in our team who have completed or are currently undertaking an apprenticeship with HOP.

HOP Team Building Day 2019

Posted on the 11th October 2019

This year’s team building day was Hollywood inspired! With the help of the Team Building Company, we set teams with the task of creating a short film or HOP advert. Some fantastic videos were produced during the course of the afternoon events!

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Donation to Local Food Banks

Posted on the 6th August 2019

The BHCC City Build Partnership have joined forces to donate to two local food banks as demands grow during the summer period.

Thank you to all our partners and their staff for their support with this initiative!

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The BHPC 7 Port Challenge 2019 Charity Donations

Posted on the 5th August 2019

A number of cyclists from this year’s Seven Port Challenge Charity Cycle Ride got back in the saddle last month to visit and present a cheque to each of the ex-Mayor Cllr. Dee Simson’s benefitting charities, namely: Martlets Hospice, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, Grace Eyre Foundation and Off The Fence Trust.

The event, organised by the Brighton and Hove Property Consortium, sponsored by Woodhart Group, raised in excess of £30,000 for local charities throughout the four-day event.

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Congratulations, Tristan!

Posted on the 1st August 2019

We are pleased to announce that Chartered Marine Engineer, Tristan Banks, has been appointed HOP Associate. We welcome his technical and people management experience to our Senior Leadership Team.


Golden Circle – Landscaping Award

Posted on the 30th July 2019

HOP are pleased to have been involved in another award winning project!

The Golden Spiral, located near the British Airways’ i360 in Brighton, was recently awarded the LGN 2019 Winner for Public Lighting.

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HOP Sports Day 2019

Posted on the 18th July 2019

On Friday 12th July, we hosted our annual HOP Sports Day.

After a couple of years of successful staff-organised sports evenings, we decided to add this event as another annual HOP Social.

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University of Brighton – Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Posted on the 10th July 2019

HOP have been working hard with the University of Brighton over the last few years so that they can offer a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship.

On successful completion of the programme, students earn a degree in Civil Engineering and can register with a professional engineering institution.

Paddle Round the Pier 2019

Posted on the 3rd July 2019

Paddle Round the Pier, the largest FREE Charity Beach Festival in Europe, is being set up today on Hove Lawns, Brighton.

HOP are volunteering again at Gate No. 2 and fundraising for the chosen local charities that will be supported this year. Join us THIS WEEKEND!

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Bring Your Dog To Work Week

Posted on the 25th June 2019

To celebrate Bring Your Dog To Work Day on Friday 21st June 2019, we organised a Bring your Dog to Work Week! Today we welcomed our new recruits, Georgie in IT, Millie in Accounts and Marley, Engineer Apprentice.

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International Women in Engineering Day – 23rd June 2019

Posted on the 24th June 2019

This International Women in Engineering Day, we would like to celebrate our own colleagues, especially for their ongoing assistance and attendance at career events locally to help inspire the next generation of Women in STEM positions.

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HOP Run/Walk/Cycle 2019

Posted on the 30th May 2019

Last week, on a glorious May afternoon, we held our annual HOP Run/Walk/Cycle social event.

Every year we like to take advantage of the good weather in May and arrange for teams to get together and enjoy one of the many fantastic walking routes on our doorstep.

We had some wonderful sunshine, spectacular views and a fantastic final location for a well-deserved meal.

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Cromer Pier

Posted on the 14th May 2019

HOP are currently working on a £1m project at Cromer Pier to refurbish the sub-structure under the pavilion theatre and construct new pile encasements later in the year. This is to help protect the long-term future of this iconic landmark.

We are carrying out structural engineering work, contract management and the Principal Designer role for North Norfolk District Council.

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Brighton’s Hanningtons Lane is now open

Posted on the 18th April 2019

Hanningtons Lane has opened to the public and visitors are able to walk down Brighton’s newest Lane for the very first time.

HOP have been working with Morgan Carn, Redevco and Westridge Construction on the creation of the city’s new retail and cultural quarter for two years and retailers are now starting to move in.

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Jon Orrell steps down as Managing Director

Posted on the 5th February 2019

HOP announces that as of January 2019, Finance Director John Spearman is to be appointed Managing Director.

John Spearman assumes this role from Jon Orrell who has served as Managing Director/Senior Partner since the businesses inception in 1985.

John has been working closely alongside Mr Orrell for the last 18 months to allow for a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership.

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The Seven Ports Challenge 2019

Posted on the 30th January 2019

The Seven Ports Challenge Charity Cycle Ride 2019, sponsored by Woodhart Group, was completed this year by HOP Director, Nigel Hosker, as part of the The Brighton & Hove Property Consortium (B&HPC).

The B&HPC organises a charity cycle ride every year in aid of the Mayor of Brighton’s charities, which this year, as chosen by Councillor Dee Simson, were Martlets, Rockinghorse, Grace Eyre Foundation and Off The Fence.

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Christmas Presents Donation 2018

Posted on the 18th December 2018

On Tuesday 18th December, we dropped off gifts, donated by our staff, for the children at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. We also donated some supplies for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, a unit close to the heart of many of our staff. We send our wishes to all the children receiving treatment over the Christmas period, and our gratitude to all the staff at the hospital and the unit who do such an amazing job. 

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HOP Team Building Day 2018

Posted on the 2nd October 2018

Every September, HOP organise an annual Staff Team Building Day. This year’s event was marine themed and staff enjoyed an exciting day taking part in the activities on offer at Chichester Watersports Centre.

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Linda’s Retirement Party

Posted on the 10th July 2018

HOP hosted a retirement party for Accounts Manager, Linda, who has worked at HOP for 30 years! Being a lifelong Brighton & Hove Albion FC fan, we arranged a special guest appearance by Bruno to congratulate her on her retirement and to say thank you for all her commitment to HOP.

Brighton2Brussels Charity Bike Ride 2018

Posted on the 5th June 2018

The Brighton2Brussels Charity Bike Ride was completed this year by Will on behalf of HOP and as part of the Brighton and Hove Property Consortium (B&HPC).

The B&HPC organises a charity cycle ride every year in aid of the Brighton Mayor’s Charities, which this year were Albion in the Community, the Martlets Hospice, RISE, the Clock Tower Sanctuary and the Sussex Heart Charity.

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Hove Plinth Public Launch

Posted on the 3rd May 2018

The completed Hove Plinth was revealed on Saturday 21st April. Hove Plinth will showcase a new local sculpture every 12-18 months on Hove seafront. HOP provided advice to overcome the design challenge for the plinth to accommodate a wide range of future sculptures.  As a result, we were awarded ‘Hove Plinth Heroes’ for our contribution.

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Construction Starts on Hove Plinth

Posted on the 9th April 2018

On the 26th February, the ‘Hove Plinth’ Project Team were featured on BBC’s South East News to celebrate the start of construction! This plinth will showcase a new local sculpture every 12-18 months on Brighton Seafront. Work will take place on the site over the next eight weeks with support from HOP and a number of local firms who are contributing work free of charge, including Matsim, Millimetre and RLF.

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Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards Finalists

Posted on the 27th March 2018

HOP are thrilled to announce that we are finalists in two categories at the London & SE Constructing Excellence (SECBS) Awards.  We have been nominated for: the People Development Award; and the Apprenticeship Initiative Award, both showing HOP’s commitment to the development of our people and encouraging others into Civil and Structural Engineering.

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Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride to start in the sky at British Airways i360

Posted on the 26th February 2018

This year’s charity bike ride will start at The British Airways i360 on May 3, with the 40 riders cycling a mile around the inside of the pod as it glides up to 450ft and back again. The participants will then continue their ride on to Brussels.

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Brighton2Brussels Charity Bike Ride

Posted on the 22nd February 2018

The Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride 2018 is raising funds for the Mayor’s Charities of Brighton and Hove. This year’s charities include: Albion in the Community, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, The Martlets Hospice, RISE and the Sussex Heart Charity.

Please help us raise HOP’s target of £750 to help reach the team’s fundraising goal!

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DIY SOS Arundel

Posted on the 23rd January 2018

HOP are honoured to have been invited to provide technical assistance on yet another DIY SOS Build. A great opportunity for our Trainee Engineers to showcase their expertise with the guidance of senior members of staff. Providing the family with a wheelchair friendly space with new lift and a fully renewed space planning of the whole internal floor space and SIPS constructed extension, all within 9 days! We are thrilled to have been able to assist in helping a family in need achieve their dream home, and we are proud to be a part of the fantastic community response from local tradesmen and women.

Paddle Round The Pier Launch Event!

Posted on the 4th December 2017

On the 23rd November, Paddle Round the Pier 2018 was launched at the British Airways i360. Jon Orrell, as Chair of the Trustees, presented cheques to this year’s chosen charities: RNLI, The Wave Project and Brighton Surf Life Savers. £10,000 was donated to each charity due to the success of this years event!

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HOP Team-Building Day 2017

Posted on the 30th October 2017

September is the month that we arrange our annual staff team-building event. This year focused on building chariots out of cardboard. The brief was left open to inspire creative interpretation, and it was great to see so many different structures. This was an exciting opportunity to utilise our skill set as engineers, as well encouraging the whole team to work together.

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Willmott Dixon – Powered By The Best Awards

Posted on the 11th October 2017

HOP are delighted to have picked up 2 awards at the Willmott Dixon: Powered By The Best Awards. We are proud to have been presented with the Legacy Award, which recognised our ongoing investment in staff training and supporting the local community. We were also presented with the Growth Award, which recognised our collaboration with Willmott Dixon and the design team on the Hounslow Waste Transfer project.

Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2017

Posted on the 22nd September 2017

We were delighted to be awarded Business of the Year and the Professional Services Award at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2017. The BAHBA ceremony is held to celebrate those companies, organisations and individuals that help build the Brighton brand. Receiving the Business of the Year Award, the most sought after accolade of the night, was an unexpected surprise and we couldn’t be more proud of all our staff.

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Practical Skills for Construction 2018

Posted on the 8th September 2017

Following the success of our previous Practical Skills for Construction scheme in 2016, we will be launching a second event in 2018!  The course will be a week long event, packed full of many valuable learning opportunities, workshops and site visits for students. Successful candidates will have the chance to experience the practicalities of construction, listen to lectures delivered by construction professionals from different firms, and study for their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card.

ICE’s Innovation Award 2017

Posted on the 1st August 2017

Last week, our HOP i360 team attended ICE’s Engineering Excellence Awards and won the Innovation Award, presented to the British Airways i360 project team! Congratulations must be given to all those involved in the development of this iconic landmark on Brighton’s seafront. Read More.


HOP Run/Walk/Cycle

Posted on the 23rd June 2017

Last month, we held our annual Run/Walk/Cycle social event for our staff.

We believe it is important for individuals across teams, to come together and engage in informal team exercises. This event in particular, encourages others to join the team of existing HOP athletes. It was a fantastic day in the sun. A special well done must go to the HOP runners who defeated the hilly route across the Downs in the scorching 25 degree heat.

Click here to see some of the great images captured on route!

Rampion Site Visit

Posted on the 8th June 2017

On Monday 22nd May, HOP technical and support staff had the opportunity to spend the afternoon on site and experience construction up close. We consider it important for all HOP members to get a chance to see first-hand the work that HOP plays a pivotal part in, and this served as yet another fantastic CPD exercise. The visit also served as a great opportunity for our work experience student to see yet another side of Engineering, outside of the office environment.

“As usual, it was enjoyable to spend time with members of the HOP team who I may not regularly see around the office.
The site visit was very informative and was an excellent way to help visualise various aspects of our projects. A big thank you for arranging this trip!” – HOP Graduate Engineer


Posted on the 2nd May 2017

HOP are once again proud to announce our involvement with BBC’s latest DIY SOS project; a show that recruits local trades men and women to transform the homes of families across Britain.

Our initial involvement in the iconic TV show began with the renovation of the home of an injured former royal engineer and paratrooper in 2012.

We look forward to providing the assistance needed to transform yet another deserving family home. More information to come soon!

Brighton Marathon 2017

Posted on the 1st May 2017

Each year, HOP’s talented athletes get involved in various sporting events. This year is no exception. We were proud to kick off 2017 with 2 of our HOP runners entering and completing the Brighton Marathon. Many congratulations to all involved in raising money for such important causes.