About Us


Chris Hodgson Engineering prides itself on untypically offering a design, manufacturing and build service from start to finish using its own dedicated and skilled employees.

It is a family run business that has been established since 1978 when it started in a corner of a field near Winkleigh, where Chris Hodgson built his first workshop and employed just two people.

Now with over 50 employees designing, manufacturing and installing buildings to a large commercial, industrial and agricultural client base across the South West of England, the diversity of the projects it handles are endless, from a simple 30’ x 60′ to individual project requirements such as a complete £1.5 million re-development.

Customer Support and Building Design

Here to help with friendly, professional assistance and advice.

Workshop Fabrication Team

Jim, Jon, Mark, Andrzej, Ron, Leon and Jonny have amassed 65 years service with Chris Hodgson Engineering. Ron joined the team 25 years ago, Mark arrived 12 years later and Andrzej the year after that.

All are highly skilled and experienced welding and fabrication operatives, fully CE coded and all the in house fabrication work carried out by them is to Execution Class 2 Standard.

Transport & Maintenance Team

Personal service with delivery to site by our experienced team, using our own purpose built vehicles fitted with a mobile crane for unloading and special crane lorry for erecting and installation.

Maintenance of the mobile crane lorries and 11 fleet vehicles is all in house.

High Viz Site Team

Our multi-skilled staff erect our steel framed buildings across the breadth of the South West.

Qualified in all aspects of site work including site preparation, steel erecting, roofing, cladding and power-float flooring, they are also CPCS or similarly certified in all mechanical operations.


Meet some of our team members below

Gareth Knight

Gareth is a Draughtsman in the design team at Chris Hodgson Engineering. With experience as an erector and coded welder fabricating steel framed buildings, he is able to put this invaluable hands-on experience to good use with practical design initiatives. Following a debrief from the Estimator and/or Contract Manager and utilising the information provided in the contract agreement, Gareth generates the project drawings. He uses cutting edge 3D design software which integrates seamlessly with all systems used by Engineers and Architects to develop these drawings, which will ultimately be deployed by the in-house fabrication/on-site fitting teams. As a matter of course Gareth ensures that the building design and spec meets the regulations. He enjoys conferring with architects, structural engineers and clients, offering design solutions by way of the 3D rendered models for them to peruse, which they find satisfying as it provides peace of mind for them that the end product will ably meet their requirements.

Shonagh Grey

Shonagh is most likely to be the person answering your phone call. If it transpires that she can’t deal with your enquiry there and then, she knows someone who can and will ensure it is dealt with promptly and efficiently.

Adrian Richards

Adrian welcomes your project enquiries. With over ten years experience as an estimator/buyer he is well placed to understand and relate to all manner of engineering project requirements across the Agricultural, Industrial, Commercial and Residential sectors. Following a comprehensive briefing to ascertain the projects purpose and specific objectives, Adrian will provide a detailed quote and in order to maintain continuity will follow this up to establish it meets the clients goals. He always remains a point of contact in order to ensure any exacting and finite detail is relayed to the design team.

Simon Hodgson

Simon oversees all operations at Chris Hodgson Engineering. He ensures there is department co-ordination so that the design, fabrication and logistics teams bring every project together cohesively. Simon is also keen to have direct contact with the client after the contract period, by liaising with them to ensure their expectations are being met.

Simon Bolt

Simon is our on-site measurement checker and when necessary the problem solver. He ensures that all the measurements are correct before the design and fabrication starts. This is particularly important when the project is an extension that will need to knit perfectly with the established building. Simon helps provide you with an additional benefit when using Chris Hodgson Engineering, of peace of mind that everything will go according to PLAN and on schedule.

Chris Hodgson

Chris started the business in the corner of a field in 1978 with two employees and is now one of the largest employers in the area with over fifty workers. However, he still has plans to continue expanding the capacity of the company and in particular the design facility, which already benefits from cutting edge technology. Although the driving force behind the firm, Chris recognises he has the support of lots of important cogs (people) in the work team, and the dedicated skilled workforce makes the business the success it is today.

Phil Conibear

Phil has been at Chris Hodgson Engineering for over 30 years. As Contracts Manager he is usually the clients first port of call when they wish to discuss their individual building project. You will find Phil talks the same language and due to his vast experience will totally understand your concept and be able to show you examples of other projects Chris Hodgson Engineering has undertaken. Phil will justifiably fill you with confidence that with the backing of his superb team he can ensure your project will be completed to a very high standard. From the outset and at every stage during the installation you will find him on site and always available for advice so should anything arise it can be resolved immediately.

Ruth Cooke

What Ruth doesn’t know about Agricultural buildings isn’t worth knowing about. With over 30 years experience at Chris Hodgson Engineering and a strong farming background, she is in touch with both the traditional and latest developments in agricultural building design. Ruth will happily discuss your estimate in relation to your design needs, collaborating with the design team to provide you with exactly the building you had in mind and more.

Barry Whiting

Barry has over 40 years experience in the building industry and over 20 years in building design and contract development with Chris Hodgson Engineering. Utilising his expertise he combines to facilitate the contract agreement and oversees the project design. Using cutting edge 3D design software, which integrates seamlessly with all systems used by Engineers and Architects he is able to liaise, contribute and develop the design at all stages. This process ensures that the client achieves the best design solution for their project and that the fabrication facility is used to its optimum to produce the end product.


We have a portfolio of commercial, industrial and agricultural steel framed buildings we have designed, manufactured and erected for the current market. No matter how creative you want your build we have a wealth of knowledge and our project team will come up with a solution tailored to meet your needs. CONTACT US