Wednesday, 21st February 2018

HQR Summer Ball 2018

On track for another succcesful event

Full details have now been announced for the 2018 HQR Summer Ball, the big annual charity bash for firms involved in the prime resi construction sector.

Last year’s outing saw 750 guests descend on Park Lane to dine, dance, network and raise nearly £114k for The Lighthouse Club, YoungMinds and the Grenfell Tower fund. The aim is to top the £100k mark again this time around and take the three-year total to well over £250k.

The date has been set for Saturday 30th June at The Grosvenor House Hotel and we’re told two-thirds of tables have already been snapped up.

The two chosen charities for this year have been named as The Lullaby Trust, which provides specialist support for bereaved families, offers expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); and The Lighthouse Trust, a construction industry charity that promotes initiatives aimed at avoiding accidents and improving safety on site, whilst improving employment conditions and career opportunities.

Spearheaded by Walter Lilly’s Andrew Crispin and Sizebreed’s Darren Size, the HQR event operates as a charitable trust, with 100% of money raised going straight to worthy causes.

The 2017 extravaganza involved guests being entertained by some high-octane drumming from Slam (who played to a construction theme by featuring step ladders, oil drums, HQR high viz jackets and helmets) and after-dinner dancing to the sounds of Hand Fulla Soul. A raffle and auction saw some cracking lots – including a Silverstone Classic Car Track Day, exclusive tickets for Wimbledon and a four person Las Vegas trip to the USA Rugby Sevens – go at generous prices for charities, before guests dug even deeper for a spontaneous collection for the Grenfell Tower fund.

For details on this year’s event and how to book, email Kelly Gower or visit

Wednesday, 6th December 2017

HQR London (and therefore Walter Lilly) recognised for its charitable contributions to The Lighthouse Club

On Friday, 1st December 2017, Andrew Crispin and Darren Size, Trustees of the HQR London Charitable Foundation were invited to attend The Lighthouse Club Annual Christmas Lunch at The Westminster Plaza with 900 other construction professionals. A number of HQR London supporters were also invited to attend with them.

Andrew Crispin on behalf of Walter Lilly was delighted to find that the HQR London Charitable Foundation had been awarded the Peter Capel Cup in recognition of its ‘outstanding contribution to fundraising’ for the Lighthouse Club this year.

In June 2001, Peter Capel was awarded an MBE for his services to the construction industry benevolent fund The Lighthouse Club and following his passing in 2010, the Peter Capel Cup has been awarded each year to acknowledge outstanding individual fundraising.

In its two years of hosting the HQR Summer Ball, HQR London Charitable Foundation has made donations in excess of £80,000 to this construction industry charity and Andrew is looking forward to raising much more at the 2018 event on the 30th June.

“It was a complete shock to Darren and I that HQR London were even nominated for the Peter Capel Trophy, so you can imagine how amazed we were when our name was read out as this year’s winner. HQR London are delighted to support The Lighthouse Club and the good work that the charity does. We are very pleased to confirm that they will once again be one of our two principal charities for 2018. Half of the money raised from the table sales and auction at our 2018 Ball will go to The Lighthouse Club, so we look forward to presenting them with another big cheque next year”.

Walter Lilly has elected HQR London as it’s charity of the year during 2018 and staff, family and friends will undertake a number of team challenges throughout next year in support of the Trust’s two chosen charities – The Lighthouse Club and The Lullaby Trust. Our first team challenge will take place on Sunday, 4th March where 15 staff will undertake the gruelling ‘Nuts Challenge’ near Dorking in Surrey.

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

HQR London forms Charitable Trust

Following on from the huge success of 2016’s inaugural HQR Summer Ball, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel and attended by many of the biggest names in London’s high quality residential construction sector, a new charity, ‘HQR London Charitable Trust’, has now been established.

The new charity will aim to raise as much money as possible from clients and specialist companies working in London’s high quality residential sector, and then distributing those funds to worthy charities which are close to the hearts of its members.

Initial plans for the charity focus on 2017’s Summer Ball, which is confirmed as Saturday 17th June, again at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Like last year it promises to be a truly memorable night and a great opportunity to meet many of the key players in the sector, while also supporting some very worthy charities. Tables for the event are selling fast and interested firms should visit the charity’s website to book their table, before the event sells out.

Funds raised on the night will be given to two charities, The Lighthouse Club and YoungMinds. Last year’s Ball raised over £54,000 and it is anticipated that this year’s event will be even more successful.

Further fund raising events are being planned, as the charity looks to build on its early success over the coming years, whilst also providing unrivalled networking opportunities at its functions.

HQR founder Andrew Crispin, Managing Director of Walter Lilly, has been joined by Darren Size of Sizebreed Group, to become the initial trustees of the new charity. Importantly, the charity will have no running costs, as these costs are being covered by the trustee’s firms. This means that 100% of the money raised will go to the nominated charities, which both believe is hugely important.

The plan is to add further trustees as the charity becomes established, with the aim of spreading the reach of the charity across the high end sector in which these firms specialise. Anyone interested in becoming involved should contact HQR London, via its website, expressing your interest in helping Andrew and Darren to further the charity’s work.

For further information please contact Kelly Gower, Event Organiser at HQR London.

Monday, 12th September 2016

Walter Lilly completes their 6th consecutive Cyclothon UK

Two teams cross the line after a 12 hour endurance relay race

Walter Lilly entered two teams of six riders in their sixth consecutive year of the Cyclothon UK, held at Brands Hatch on Thursday 8 September.

It was an early morning start for the teams with a 6:30am briefing before the first cyclists crossed the starting line at 7:30am. The English weather was at its finest with a perfect sunny day, although the wind tested the rider’s endurance in addition to the uphill climbs.

After a full day of competitive racing for fourth and fifth place against another team, Team A only just missed out on fourth place with their final time at 11:56:16.4, with Team Kebbell taking the fourth, finishing two minutes ahead. With a total of 96 laps completed this meant 233 miles were covered in the 12 hours. Congratulations must go to Ian Edwards from Walter Lilly for the fastest team time of the day of 06:12.607.

Team B came in at 19th place completing an impressive 82 laps and 199 miles. The fastest team lap of the day was awarded to Dean Hollingsworth with a time of 07:25.1. A big effort from Walter Lilly’s Mike Howell who ended up having to complete four consecutive laps during his leg of the race after the pit lanes were closed to start the 8-hour racing!

Well done to Derrick Sowerby of Slender Winter Partnership and Nick Forster of W-One International who brought both teams home for the final laps of what was a very tiring day.

Our friends at TMJ Interiors and Darke and Taylor were also there on the day and put up a great race. It was fantastic to see them both there and spend another great day of friendly trackside competition.

Visit our facebook page here for photos of the day.

Monday, 1st August 2016

Inaugural High Quality Residential Ball a complete success!

Walter Lilly presents charities with event cheques

On behalf of the HQR Summer Ball 2016, Walter Lilly presented The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Lighthouse Club with their cheques as a result of the fundraising efforts of industry attendees at The Grosvenor House Hotel on the 25th  June.

Kelly Gower (Event Organiser) and Andrew Crispin, MD of Walter Lilly were joined by Bill Hill, CEO of The Lighthouse Club and Jade McShane, Fundraising Manager of Teenage Cancer Trust on Thursday 28th July.


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The inaugural HQR Summer Ball 2016 launched to widespread industry acclaim on Saturday 25th June in the Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel.

Having 660 HQR colleagues exceeded all initial expectations for attendance. The guests were made up of agents, project managers, architects, interior designers, lawyers, financiers, surveyors, engineers, main contractors and specialist subcontractors, along with – unusually for an industry event – their wives, husbands and partners. This was the key factor in creating an atmosphere more akin to a private party for family and friends than an industry event.

The guests were entertained to drinks on reception, a three course dinner featuring fillet of Hereford beef, impressive magicians, a charity raffle and auction, dancing to the live 8-piece Hand Fulla Soul band and a DJ set till 1.00am.

Expectations were further exceeded by the charity auction and raffle with £54,330 being raised for and shared by The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Lighthouse Club which is outstanding.

Photos from the evening can be seen here

Some quotes to summarize the evening include:

“Months of hard work and planning really paid off and it was fantastic to see so many prominent HQR companies in one room having a great time.  The inclusion of husbands, wives and partners went against the norm, but was the icing on the cake.  With a fantastic £54,000 being raised on the evening for our two chosen charities, there are 54,000 reasons to look forward to HQR 2017!” – Kelly Gower, Walter Lilly (Event Organiser)

“HQR – Haven’t Quite Recovered! A brilliant event, wonderfully organised with great people and excellent charities supported, when are we doing it again?” –  Neil Stevenson, NEJ Stevenson

“Everything was beyond excellent” – Maral Zarrinmehr, Devonshires Solicitors LLP

“I have no idea who I did not see there, but if they were not there more fool them!” – Peter Dunk, Slender Winter Partnership

“I’m in awe that you had the ambition and energy to pull off such an incredible evening” – Mandi Cleyndert, Bill Cleyndert & Co Ltd

“Congratulations on achieving the event of events!” – Jon Riley, Locker & Riley Ltd

Yes, delighted to say plans are already afoot for 2017. To register for early information please contact

Monday, 21st September 2015

Swaziland fundraising bbq

Walter Lilly sponsors team to Swaziland for the second year running

Who could refuse the last BBQ of the summer with food, drinks and live music? Not many and, in true Walter Lilly fashion, people came out in force to support the team going out to Swaziland for the second year running to help build a Neighbourhood Care Point in October. The NCP will be used to support the local children as a classroom, a place to serve them food and somewhere for them to meet friends. More information about the organisation can be found at

With enough food to feed the 5,000, expertly cooked by Matt Pyle and Jordan Spencer, burgers, hot dogs and chicken were being turned out all evening leaving no one going home hungry. All members of the Swaziland team did their part in organising the event, be it prepping the food, serving drinks or doing a fantastic job at entertaining the guests. The night would not have been the same without Duncan Beach and his band Strange Formation performing at the BBQ, belting out some classic songs creating a great atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed it, even the neighbours.

The generosity of everyone who attended the BBQ and donations prior to the event was astounding, with a profit of £400 being made, surpassing our target. Every penny will be going towards the project to fund gifts and goodies for the local children who All Out Africa work with, as well as materials for the project.

A special mention to everyone at St. Mary’s Church, The Boltons Chelsea, for providing such a beautiful venue and for waiving the hire cost for our good cause. To Wyndham’s butcher for marinating all the chicken and of course thanks to Strange Formations for their fab performance.

The last thing to say is a MASSIVE thank you again to everyone who donated and made the night a success. If anyone is interested to know how the project goes, updates on the team’s progress will be published on their return from Swaziland at the end of October.

Friday, 8th May 2015

Walter Lilly Tough Mudder Experience: Culden Faw Estate, Henley-on-Thames

Walter Lilly took part in this year's Mudder Challenge on 2 May 2015

D-day dawned. It was overcast with the threat of rain, so not an auspicious start to a challenging day. We took it in our stride as we set off in the car donning leggings (men included), skins and big warm jumpers for the trip. Getting out of the car at Henley proved to be our first challenge as the temperature had dropped a touch since leaving the house – although that may have been in our imagination!

After a warm-up led by a rather ebullient personality on the stage who demanded much vigorous punching of the air and loud manly chants, we set off at a leisurely pace, feeling very positive about the next few hours.  That positive feeling rapidly subsided as we approached the second obstacle which was aptly named Arctic Enema – it involved sliding down a ramp into a pool of ice, swimming through the ice, going under again to avoid some tyres and out the other side.   I cannot begin to explain the shock one feels when submerged in ice on a relatively cold spring day in England! We were to be unceremoniously dumped in cold, muddy water a further two times; however, this did have the effect of cleaning off most of the mud from our person.

My second favourite obstacle had to be Sewer Rat where one crawls through a pipe and clambers out the other end into a rather large, deep and muddy bog.  Ben had clearly decided that his T-shirt was still too clean and promptly dove backwards off the end of the pipe, fully submerging himself in the mud – it was even in his ears.

My personal favourites were the obstacles involving clambering over high fences, barriers, slides etc.  At each of these obstacles, two of the lads swiftly hoicked me over the top which involved minimal effort on my part and gave me a much needed rest! At another obstacle we had to form a human pyramid and clamber up on people’s shoulders and over the top.  One had to be very careful not to stand on a head or put a knee in a stomach!

The obstacles were tough, but it was generally agreed that running up and down hills for 11 miles was the hardest obstacle of all – after a particularly long and arduous hill climb, certain members of the group maintained that no amount of training would have helped us run up that hill (all lies of course, we were just unprepared for the pain of hill running and were simply justifying the walking pace that some of us adopted at this point).

Tough Mudder is physically and mentally challenging but awesome fun – especially if you do it with a big group of people who can motivate you when you are close to giving up and, of course, give you that all important hand up when you need it most.

Many thanks to our sponsors who helped us raise £4,575 for The Teenage Cancer Trust ( We appreciated the donations as they support an excellent cause – and kept us motivated during the training.

Team: Alex Clark, Ben Ladyman, Charlie Roberts, Erica Denman, James Boulton, Melissa St. Fort, Rupert Kenyon, Shaun Frampton, Stuart Yates, Tom Battley and Tom Morgan.

Report by Erica Denman.

For the full story in pictures, please visit our facebook or flickr pages.


Monday, 14th April 2014

Marathon Successes

James Bolton tackles the challenge of the 2014 London Marathon

One of Walter Lilly’s Surveyors, James Boulton successfully completed his first London Marathon on Sunday, 13th April 2014.

James says;  “My first marathon experience was brilliant.  Such a fantastic atmosphere, with great crowd support that gave a real boost to the runners.  Despite the heat, I managed to stick to my race plan pretty well, and only started to flag in the last couple of miles.  The whole day was a great experience, and made all those months of training worthwhile.”

Walter Lilly commends James on his excellent time of 4 hours 13 minutes – finishing within his target and raising in excess of £2,700.00 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

If you would like to sponsor James for his efforts, please do so via the following link;

In addition, one of our Site Managers, Russell Tinniswood undertook his 6th marathon on Sunday, 6th April in Brighton.  Running for ‘pure fun’ (his words, not ours!) his big game experience bagged him a completion time of 4 hours and 6 minutes; his fastest time yet – well done Russell!

Friday, 6th September 2013

Team Walter Lilly Scoop Silver at Cyclothon UK 2013

Our third year participating in the Cyclothon UK Event at Brand’s Hatch yesterday, 5th September resulted in excellent performances from both Walter Lilly teams and some fantastic money raised for the various charities.

Walter Lilly Team 1 completed a magnificent 99 laps of the gruelling 2.3 mile Brands Hatch race circuit in the 12 hour race. It was nip and tuck all the way with the 3rd place team and we finally secured second place in the last lap of the race.

Walter Lilly Team 2 completed a very credible 93 laps and finished 12th out of the 38 teams taking part in the 12 hour challenge.

Congratulations to our participants; Tom Battley, Mark Cope, Russell Tinniswood, John Joyce, Shaun Frampton and Adam Chambers of Walter Lilly and our participating guests; Matthew Dunn, David Crewe, Tony Hayes, Angus Stephen, Kate Nolan, Alastair Craig, Miles Wilkinson and Malcolm Davidson.

See you all next year!

Above; (L-R) 2nd Place ‘Walter Lilly Team 1’ comprising Mark Cope, Angus Stephen, Tom Battley, Adam Chambers, David Crewe & Matthew Dunn

Friday, 6th September 2013

Staff Charity Fundraising

We currently have two members of staff deep in training for separate charity fundraising events.


Our Managing Estimator, Dean Hollingsworth is taking on the London Duathlon, which is a run-bike-run event to be held on 15th September 2013 in Richmond Park.

This is the world’s biggest Duathlon with over 3,000 participants with a choice of 4 challenges. Not one to be outdone, Dean has entered the ‘Ultra’ which is the longest of these challenges and comprises a 20k run, 77k bike ride and a 10k run.

Dean said “This will be the culmination of several months of training and to give you some idea of the task I face there were only 100 participants in the Ultra last year and I anticipate that it will take me some 6 hours or so to complete.”

Competing with a group of local dad’s from his area, they are fundraising for Demelza Hospice Care for Children ( who support children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and offer support to their families. As keen supporters of this charity, Dean and his fellow ‘dads’ have so far raised over £4.4k of their £10k target. If you would like to add to his running total, you can do so via his online fundraising page: 


One of our Senior Surveyors, Brian Heasman is also entering into the charitable spirit by taking on the ‘Shine London’ 26.2 mile night walk in aid of Cancer Research UK on 28th September 2013.

He successfully completed the marathon walk with fellow Walter Lilly employees in 2012 following the sad loss of both friends and family to this disease – something which many more people can unfortunately relate to in recent years. This year, with aspirations of smashing his 10.5 hour PB (!) he is taking part with a family friend, Louise Gilbert, to raise as much money as possible to help make a difference towards the work into diagnosing and treating cancer.

If you would like to add to Brian’s running total, you can do so via his online fundraising page:


Thank you for your support and good luck to both Dean and Brian – we’re with you every step (and pedal) of the way….!


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