HOP in the Community

HOP actively engage with the local community. Whether it is promoting engineering and construction as a career path, providing input on community projects, or helping others develop useful skills for practical application, we strive to give something back.

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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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. The new apprenticeship is now open for applicants!

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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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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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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. 

Rockinghorse Children’s Charity

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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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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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.

Practical Skills for Construction

Posted on the 13th February 2017

Practical Skills for Construction was a week long course organised and ran by HOP to help those who wanted to get into the Construction Industry, but had not had the opportunity to experience the practicalities of some of the work involved, nor, importantly, had the opportunity to study for their CSCS card.

The week was packed full of various learning opportunities, workshops, interesting site visits including the Palace Pier and Shoreham Port and outdoor activities.

It is great to hear of the success stories from those entering fulltime employment as a result of the week. A big thank you must go to all those that made such a project, a reality.

HOP in Education

Posted on the 13th February 2017

HOP is proud to support local schools, colleges and Universities. We hope to raise the profile of Engineering as a future career choice and continue to support STEM and WISE initiatives that champion this on a national platform.

Our recent involvement has included; participation in local career fairs, the delivery of lectures, ICE talks, college walking tours of Brighton’s innovative Engineering and hands on assistance with community building projects.

HOP charity support

Posted on the 13th February 2017

HOP is proud to support Whoopsadaisy; a local charity which gives help, advice and education to children with cerebral palsy and similar motor disorders, helping them and their carers live independent lives.

We have helped to move them in to their current premises at the Whoopsadaisy Pavilion, preparing initial surveys of the building, submitting and managing Planning Application and organising building work to restore the previously derelict building.

In recent years, we have continued to assist the Charity wherever possible, by helping out at events, raising sponsorship money and offering our services free of charge if any works to their new premises are required.

HOP and community projects

Posted on the 13th February 2017

We are committed as an organisation to giving back to the local community, providing support where we can to assist local projects that enhance the lives of those living in the Brighton & Hove area. We have provided Civil Engineering and Structural Design Services to Hove Plinth, to display works of art on the Hove seafront.

Other projects HOP have provided assistance on includes, Hove Lagoon Splash Pool, Hove Lagoon Skate Park and Adur Sea Cadets Boat Launching Ramp.

Want to work in Construction

Posted on the 13th February 2017

In April 2013 after 6 months preparation, we launched the “Want to Work in Construction” initiative. This was held at the AMEX Community Stadium in association with our founding partner, Ed Allison-Wright of Centurion Group and assisted by City College Brighton & Hove and Albion in the Community, the charitable arm of Brighton & Hove Football Club.

Over a period of 5 days, people not currently in employment listened to short masterclasses on how practicing construction professionals had got where they are and some of the things they had achieved in their working life.

Eminent professionals included: Andy Simons, the Architect of the AMEX Stadium; the current Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers; a representative of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors; and a Land Surveyor, Simon Ellis, complete with all his electronic instruments.

Engineering Education Scheme

Posted on the 7th February 2017

Under the EES scheme a team of four year 12 students from Hurstpierpoint College have been working with HOP on a project aimed at building a better amphibious home. The 6th form students had to design a hull system for an amphibious home that would solve many of the problems facing current homes that can float, making them easier to market in the future. The students presented their results at a Celebration and Assessment Day at the University of Brighton on 16th April 2015 and were delighted to hear that they had been shortlisted for the National Finals.

University of Brighton – Industrial Advisory Board

Posted on the 7th February 2017

HOP advise on the setting up of and now Chair the Industrial Advisory Board comprising of 6 senior academics and 6 senior members of industry drawn from contractors, consultant and client bodies. Current successes so far have been:

  • Introducing BIM into the curriculum and arranging it so that Civil Engineering students can graduate fully fledged and site ready with a CSCS card (Health & Safety trained) as part of their curriculum and studies.
  • With great input from Mackley Construction HOP have arranged some very interesting site visits for both staff and students to places like the i360 and other constructions on Brighton seafront.