About Us

The Practice

The practice was formed in 1967 as a partnership between James Hill and John Cannon. A fully integrated multi-disciplinary Engineering Consultancy providing traditional Civil and Structural Engineering design services, as well as specialist services including MEP, Parking Consultancy and Party Wall Surveying.

Hill Cannon provides an innovative and Value Engineering service through a team of highly qualified, experienced and talented Civil, Structural and MEP Engineers, in which to deliver the whole life cycle of a scheme from Feasibility/Appraisal Stage, to Planning Stage, Detailed Design Stage, through to Construction Completion, ongoing maintenance and operation. Hill Cannon prides itself on providing well engineered, environmentally sensitive, durable, economic and buildable designs to meet the aspirations of the client and in full accordance with all statutory authority requirements.

The Practice

The team within the practice has vast engineering and practical experience in delivering schemes in all sectors including:

  • Residential
  • Care Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Schools / Universities
  • Infrastructure
  • Logistics / Distribution Centres
  • Leisure
  • Hotels
  • Commercial
  • Industrial / Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Heritage
  • Student and Young Professionals Accommodation

Our Team

When you need a highly experienced, innovative team, capable of designing an engineering solution that will make a real difference to your project, you will find Hill Cannon pro-active and able to deliver technically excellent, imaginative solutions.

We pride ourselves on delivering high levels of personal service and always appoint a senior team member to play an active role in ensuring your project is delivered on time and to budget.

Nick Beckwith - Managing Director

Nick Beckwith - Managing Director

Nick is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the construction and development industry where he has operated at board level for both developer and engineering consultancy. He began his engineering career with a small consultancy practice before joining a large multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy where he developed his experience and design skills, working with a number of major developers. His career development and progression lead to the opportunity to join a national housebuilder where he eventually held the role of Development Director responsible for the technical delivery of all new residential schemes in the North East of England.

Nick returned to engineering consultancy after 8 years in house building and was pivotal in developing and growing a small consultancy into a national multi-disciplinary engineering business over a period of 11 years in which he operated as Director of Civils prior to joining Hill Cannon in May 2020.  In his first year at Hill Cannon, Nick has started up a new civils team in the Newcastle office which has been extremely successful with continued growth planned.  He was recently appointed as Managing Director to steer this well-established business into what is a very exciting future.

Farzad Neysari - Director of Structures

Farzad Neysari - Director of Structures

BSc (Hons) Civ Eng, CEng, MIStructE, Eur Ing, Pg Dip Law

An experienced Chartered Structural Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the field of structural design. Previously employed as Technical Director for CADS, Computer Analysis and Design Software, and Regional Advisory Engineer for Westok.

He was the Lead Civil and Structural Engineer for Corus/TATA Steel for over a decade and has managed and been involved in the design of some of the heaviest steel and concrete structures in the Europe, including Drax Power Station, shopping malls such as Meadowhall in Sheffield, the Trafford Centre, stadia projects such as Edgbaston, Lords and Walsall and Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

He has been a visiting lecturer in structural design at Leeds University, teaching Master’s degree students and coaching PhD researchers in the field of advanced structural engineering and steel structures. Acts as a specialist in structural design, project management and mentoring of graduate engineers.

Michael Hanlon - Director of Civils

Michael Hanlon - Director of Civils

As Director of Civils at Hill Cannon, Michael is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the industry, working for both developer and consultant. He began his career as a design engineer for a large multi-disciplinary consultancy before making the switch to private developer, in which he served over 12 years before returning to consultancy, where he was responsible for all technical aspects of civil engineering delivery for a number of teams across the country.

Grahame Kelly - Director of MEP

Grahame Kelly - Director of MEP

BEng (Hons,) CEng, MCIBSE

Grahame has over 38 years’ experience in the industry and is an experienced Engineering Board Director of multi-disciplinary plc consulting engineering organisations. He is a chartered building services engineer and is a determined, reliable, and dedicated professional motivated by challenge and the delivery of technical excellence. He has a broad range of experience gained on a multitude of projects and schemes of all sizes, including Bridgewater Place in Leeds, the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground, and more recently, Co-living and PRS residential projects, logistics buildings for Royal Mail, in the education sector for the University of York and Teesside University, and on aviation sector projects at Newcastle Airport and Leeds and Bradford Airport.

Grahame is inspired by the pivotal role that MEP engineers can provide in assisting the United Kingdom achieve its net zero carbon agenda by 2050.  As Director of MEP, he is focussed on maintaining a reputation for providing a high quality and contemporary consultancy service, and on developing his team across the UK.

Steve Vollar – Consultant

Steve Vollar – Consultant

BSc, CEng, FICE, FIStructE

With over 40 years experience as a civil and structural engineer as a consultant, resident engineer, office manager in Lesotho, Southern Africa and then a partner with Andrews Kent & Stone running the Leeds office, joined Hill Cannon in 1996 and is now a Consultant to the practice, as a specialist parking consultant and an expert witness. Co-author of the Car Park Designers Handbook (2nd Edition) and a recognised authority on the design of parking structures.

Glynn Rhodes – Consultant

Glynn Rhodes – Consultant

BSc (Hons), CEng, MICE

With over 40 years experience as a civil and structural engineer with Local Authorities, Department of Transport and consultants for Highways and Bridges, joined Hill Cannon in 1988 to specialise in structures management and is now acting as a Consultant to the practice, as a specialist parking consultant. Co-author of the Car Park Designers Handbook (2nd Edition) and a recognised authority on the design of parking structures.

Awards

Two of our car park projects, the University of Leeds Multi-storey Car Park and Feethams Car Park, Darlington were finalists in the Best New Car Park category at the British Parking Awards.

Other Best New Car Park winners have been Millennium Point, Birmingham, Merry Hill Car Park, Dudley, a 1600 space facility attached to a retail development and Jubilee, Harrogate, which also won an ‘Oscar’ from Yorkshire Television.

Sundials Car Park, Amersham was ‘Commended’ in Best New Car Park category.

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Our Services

Careers

Think you have what it takes to make a positive contribution to our team? Interested in a career with us? We are recruiting now. View the latest roles below and select the one that is of interest to you. You can read more about the role and apply online.

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Healthcare Coverage

Healthcare Coverage

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Flexible Working

Flexible Working

Since the pandemic, we recognise and support the importance of flexible working.

Learning & Development

Learning & Development

Develop your professional qualifications and career, with our tailored support.