Hydrock has hired a new technical director and senior geo-environmental consultant to their Manchester office.
Paul Hooton joins Hydrock as technical director, having spent almost ten years with Jacobs. Hooton is a chartered civil engineer with 16 years post-graduate experience in the geotechnical sector and is a UK registered ground engineering specialist.
With extensive experience on projects in rail, light rail, highways, aviation, flood protection, utilities, local government and leisure sectors, he specialises in ground investigation, geotechnical design, reporting, geotechnical construction, asset management and supervision of new build infrastructure.
Over the last ten years, Hooton has worked for Lancashire County Council, the Environment Agency, Manchester Airport Group, Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and United Utilities.
He is a trained delegated engineer for the Institution of Civil Engineers(ICE), mentoring others with their professional development, and is also an assessor for UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (Rogep).
Joining Hooton in Hydrock’s Manchester office is Jonathon Sander from Capita, who has recently completed an MSc at Lancaster University in contamination, risk assessment and remediation.
As a senior geo-environmental consultant, Sander will interpret and model geotechnical and geo-environmental data to help both private and public sector clients understand the potential risks and design requirements for development sites.
Speaking about these appointments, Hydrock’s national director for land quality Scott Elliott said: “The appointment of Paul and Jonathon is illustrative of the quality and depth of experience in our land quality team.
“They are great additions to our highly regarded team in Manchester, and across our business our early-career professionals will really benefit from Paul’s experience with ICE and as a Rogep assessor.”