Keep up to date with HOP’s latest endeavours, from new personnel and media appearances, to recent achievements.

Sussex Heritage Award Winners 2024

Posted on the 16th July 2024

Last week HOP had the pleasure of attending the Sussex Heritage Awards with MacConvilles for our assistance down at Brighton seafront for the Sea Lanes project.

We are delighted to announce that construction and development of Sea Lanes has taken home the Sussex Heritage Public and Community Award!


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Constructing Excellence Award Winners 2024

Posted on the 9th July 2024

HOP recently had the pleasure of attending the London & SE Constructing Excellence (SECBE) 2024 #SECBE2024 Awards with Willmott Dixon, for our assistance on the works at West Sussex Fire and Rescue.

We are delighted to announce that the construction of Platinum House has taken home the award for Building Project of Year over £20 million!


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Constructing Excellence Awards 2024

Posted on the 25th June 2024


HOP are excited to announce that three of our projects are finalists in three categories at the London & SE Constructing Excellence (SECBE) 2024 Awards.


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HOP Run, Walk, Cycle 2024

Posted on the 25th June 2024

Last week, on a lovely sunny June afternoon, we held our annual Run, Walk, Cycle social event.


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HOP Wishes Jon Orrell a Happy Retirement!

Posted on the 27th March 2024

At the end of this week, we say a fond farewell to Jon Orrell, one of the Founders of the Consulting Civil & Structural Engineering firm, HOP Consulting (formerly known as Hemsley Orrell Partnership).

After a little over 54 years in the industry, Jon is finally stopping work.   This ends a long ‘succession programme’, which started when his original partner and good friend, John Hemsley, retired in 2013 and continued when Jon stepped back as Managing Director in 2019, paving the way for John Spearman to drive HOP forward.


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HOP Win the IStructE Refurbishment Award

Posted on the 25th March 2024

HOP are delighted to announce our refurbishment works on Victoria Fountain, Brighton have been recognised and have recently won us an IStructE Structural Award, winning in the Refurbishment Category.


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HOP Sponsored Match

Posted on the 31st January 2024

HOP have been supporting Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. as an Official Match sponsor since 2009 with our most recent sponsored game against Wolves on Monday 22nd January 2024.


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2024: A Look Ahead

Posted on the 4th January 2024

As we conclude the first week of 2024, we are thrilled to share some highlights from last year and a look ahead to 2024! From reaccreditations to some exciting projects, find out what’s in store for HOP this year!


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HOP Team Building Day 2023

Posted on the 27th September 2023

On Friday 15th September, the team at HOP took the afternoon (and first thing in the morning) off for our annual team building day.


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Adam Humphrey added to IStructE RAAC group

Posted on the 14th July 2023

HOP Director Adam Humphrey has been added to the IStructE group of members with Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) experience. Being added to this register means that HOP can assess and advise on structures that have issues relating to RAAC.

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HOP Win the Peter Mason Award for Engineering Excellence

Posted on the 6th June 2023

HOP are delighted to announce that we have won the Peter Mason Award for Engineering Excellence in Piers for our work on Cromer Pier!

HOP have worked on the Grade II listed Structure at Cromer Pier for well over two decades. HOP were first instructed by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to undertake a diving survey of the Pier Head. Following on from this, HOP were engaged to assist with the design for the revised lifeboat station in 1994.

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Madeira Terrace Restoration

Posted on the 5th January 2023

HOP are delighted, after a great deal of hard work from the whole Design Team, Phase 1 of the restoration of the grade II* listed Madeira Terraces has recently achieved planning approval.

This exciting project hopes to rejuvenate this area of Brighton Seafront by restoring this unique historic structure to its former glory whilst also improving accessibility and biodiversity.

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HOP Team Building Day 2022

Posted on the 20th October 2022

On Thursday 13th October, the team at HOP took the afternoon off for our annual team building day.  We’ve missed out not holding this since 2019, so we were all super excited to get together.

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Walking Tours 2022

Posted on the 15th September 2022

As part of our ongoing CPD programme, HOP founder, Jon Orrell, took some of our ‘Engineers-in-training’ on a walking tour around Hove to look at some of our past, current and future projects. Walkers received an explanation of engineering principals, were shown innovative solutions to problems, and had a few tales thrown in as well.

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HOP Promotions

Posted on the 14th July 2021

HOP are strengthening their leadership Team with the promotion of two of our rising stars. Tristan Banks has been invited to join the Board of Directors, looking to further develop our expanding marine capabilities and strengthen our training and professional development needs which form a strong part of the Company’s focus. Carlo Sabia becomes an Associate, recognising his growth and management skills on some of our larger structural projects.

We look forward to both their contributions as experienced technical professionals and HOP people managers.

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Willmott Dixon Award 2021

Posted on the 9th April 2021

We are delighted to announce that HOP have been awarded Design Partner of the Year at the “Willmott Dixon London & South East Powered by the Best” Conference and Award Ceremony.

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December Charity Donation 2020

Posted on the 21st December 2020

This December, the HOP Team have chosen to support our local foodbank, who are under increasing pressure to deliver their service at this time. A fantastic amount of Christmas treats and household essentials have been donated. #giveback

Hannington Lane Award

Posted on the 15th December 2020

We are delighted to receive the news that our Hannington Lane project has been recognised at the Sussex Heritage Awards; WINNING in the Commercial category.

This was a challenging, land locked and ‘tight’ city centre site. A number of existing construction types had to be assessed for re-use and adaptation. Throughout the design, HOP looked to stabilise existing buildings by recommending integrated new steel framed structures. Where possible we suggested using the new permanent works structure to assist or negate the requirement for difficult temporary works.


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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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.

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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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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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.

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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.

Brighton2Paris Bike Ride 2017

Posted on the 29th March 2017

HOP are proud to announce that 2 of our keen cyclists are riding in the Brighton2Paris bike ride in May. A great month of fund raising activities ahead.

Please do sponsor the cause via the JustGiving Crowdfunding page. All donations are directed to the main fundraising account to be shared equally between the 27 Mayors Charities and the ABF Soldiers Charity.

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BHAFC Match Sponsors

Posted on the 24th March 2017

HOP are proud to have supported BHAFC since their first match at Withdean stadium and every season since then. We continued our support through their move to the AMEX Stadium in 2011. It was a real honour to have assisted the club in parts of the initial Planning Application as lead Civil & Structural Engineers on this great project, to realise the AMEX as it stands today.

March 10th was HOP’s 16th consecutive season as match sponsors. With the Seagulls flying high in the championship, the 3-0 victory over Derby County was a fantastic result, and one HOP was proud to be a part of. It was with great honour to present man of the match to Jiri Skalak for his hard work, flair and industry on his return to the team’s starting line-up.

Marine Team Sewers Tour

Posted on the 10th February 2017

On Wed. 17th Aug. the Marine Team departed on a tour of the 150 year old, Victorian built, Brighton Sewers. Millions of bricks were used to form the miles of sewers required to manage the waste from Brighton, which was previous stored in Cesspools at the back of properties. Originally the sewers were designed to allow the sea to flow into them and ‘flush’ them out at high tide, however these days, the waste is sent to a cleansing plant at Peacehaven.

The sewers were engineered for a 500 year design life, and it’s a good job, as the Population has increased from 90,000 in 1871 to 270,000 in 2011.

The tour served as a reminder that the projects HOP Design and Engineer, could have both practical and historical significance for future generations.

HOP on Grand Designs

Posted on the 10th February 2017

Signatory Architect, Alan Phillips selected HOP for a particularly unique site in Croyde on the North Devon coastline.

Set high above the sea and right on the edge of the cliffs, both the permanent and temporary design were a real challenge.   This caught the attention of Kevin McCloud and the Grand Designs Team, who have been following the project throughout.

The Grand Design Team first visited our offices in Hove, to see how HOP work. They then invited Jon O to site to meet Kevin, and discuss some of the challenges that were faced, including constructing curved buildings on the edge of a receding coastline, with especially difficult access.

HOP achieve Investors in People Gold status

Posted on the 7th February 2017
HOP are very pleased to have been awarded Investors In People Gold Standard. This Investors In People Award proves that a firm cares passionately about things like its staff training; life / work balance and career development. The Gold Award has been awarded to fewer than 700 organisations in the country and HOP are very pleased to have achieved this top accolade, which recognises our very strong, ongoing commitment to continue to invest in our staff.
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Brighton Seafront

Posted on the 7th February 2017

HOP are Project Managers under the NEC contract for the fabulous i360 rising on Brighton seafront. We also have undertaken all the works to the existing Arches, Highway Works, structural design and detailing. HOP designed the temporary landing stage construction on the beach from gabions and shingle to bring in the ‘cans’ and other heavy equipment.

Following on from this, HOP are appointed as designers on the new West Street Shelter, the largest seafront building to be built by Brighton & Hove City Council for many years. This involves a new sea wall, beach level roadway, alterations to the main A259 and a new multi-purpose building on the seafront.

HOP Training, Research & Development

Posted on the 7th February 2017

HOP are working with renowned EPS and moulding specialist, Cordek, on development of a new fast flooring system which minimises the use of structural concrete. It automatically provides insulation and other benefits and reduces the number of operations and its time on site. First pilot project was in June 2015.

Victorian House

Posted on the 7th February 2017

As an extension to CIRIA work on Sustainable Victorian Housing Redevelopment and leading on from our work in the Brighton area, particularly when called in by Building Control for dangerous structures, HOP are developing a guide “Principles of Building Structures of Victorian House Refurbishment”. Following the success of Fiona Cobb’s handbook “Civil Engineer”, the next issue from HOP Publishing will be ‘The Civil Engineers Companion’.