Welcome to the website of Hotchkiss, an engineering company with more than 130 years’ experience in the fields of construction and maintenance. Established in Eastbourne in 1885 as a father-and-son business, we have stayed true to our roots whilst adapting to meet the needs and demands of an ever-changing industry. Still based in Eastbourne today, we boast an experienced team of ventilation and ductwork engineers who specialise in numerous ventilation services in London and the UK, across a wide range of sectors. In addition, as a ventilation contractor, we detail, manufacture and fit prefabricated ductwork for all your ventilation and ductwork needs.  

As part of Hotchkiss Group, we also supply industry-leading fire resisting products through our subsidiary company, Fire Protection Ltd.

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About us

The legacy of Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss started out as a maintenance engineering company, but we have grown with the times to become what we are today. In the 1950s, our focus shifted from maintenance work to structural steelwork and architectural metalwork. Then, in the mid-1960s, the use of reinforced concrete changed the face of construction. With a diminishing demand for structural steel, Hotchkiss expanded further into prefabricated ductwork and ventilation services, where our expertise now firmly lies.   

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What we do

We Deliver Engineering Excellence Across the Board

Over the years, Hotchkiss has worked as a ventilation contractor on multiple prestigious projects across a range of sectors, from arts, education and aviation to healthcare, leisure and industrial. Our ventilation and ductwork engineers form an integral part of an experienced team of passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated employees who benefit every build, refurbishment and fit-out our company undertakes.

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Ready to work together?

Call 01323 501 234 for a ventilation contractor and ductwork engineers you can rely on for building projects in London and the UK, across a wide range of sectors.

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why work with us

Our Group Vision for the Near Future

As part of Hotchkiss Group, we strive to become the safest, greenest and most trustworthy ventilation contractor and passive fire protection specialists in the industry. This is a goal we aim to achieve by 2030 through encouraging innovation, investing in our team of experts, and prioritising both environmental and social responsibility, whilst continuing to deliver an unparalleled level of service for our clients.

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Our Vision

To become the industry’s safest, fastest, greenest and most trustworthy ductwork & passive fire safety provider.

Our Mission

To create the most effective and pain-free environment for our clients.

Our Core Values

Safety | Honesty & Integrity | Openness | Teamwork | Environmentally & Socially Responsible | Service excellence

Our Strategic Pillars

People | Governance | Innovation | Sustainability | Digitalisation | Vision Deployment

Our Vision 2030 Deployment

UK Expansion | Function Lead Structure | Vertical Set Up | Life Safety Solutions Expansion | One Factory | Digital Transformation | Process improvement | International Expansion | Strategic Acquisitions


We Build Spaces Where Amazing Things Happen

As our reputation and client base grew beyond Eastbourne over the course of the past century, so did the size and type of projects we undertook as a ventilation contractor. The Royal Opera House, airport terminals at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stanstead, and the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are just some of the projects our ductwork engineers have carried out over the years, across multiple sectors.

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Our Satisfied Clients

“Hotchkiss are nicknamed ‘the ghosts’ – they are no trouble and are hardly seen. The ductwork is simply installed to excellent standards and very easy to work with”

– Multiplex.

“I had heard [Hotchkiss] had a good reputation but experience from this job has proved it” – Comment from HL Customer Care Completion Review.

– Lendlease

“Hotchkiss were far the best M&E contractor on the project. They took the responsibility of lead coordinator and carried out an excellent job. Canary Wharf prefers specialist trade contracts and Hotchkiss are well suited to working this way”

– Canary Wharf Contractors.

“Hotchkiss provided valuable early intervention in the planning and coordination of services for this project. Proving to be an enthusiastic, good team player, both in providing solutions and adopting others’ requirements. Working collaboratively from management to installation with the whole project team”

– Mace.

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Ready to work together?

Whether you are looking for industry-leading fire resisting products to make your residential or commercial property as safe from fire as possible, or you require a prefabricated ductwork installation, Hotchkiss is the only company you need for ductwork and ventilation services.

Call our ventilation installers and ductwork engineers on 01323501 234 for products and services that will benefit your building project in London and the UK.

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