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Owen Hoyles

Owen joined Edwin Thompson, Keswick office in October 2018, as Apprentice Building Surveyor following completion of A-Levels. He is currently reading a degree in Building Surveying at the University of Central Lancashire with a view to qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. Outside of work Owen is an avid follower of sports and enjoys keeping fit, playing Rugby three times a week, and represented England Lionhearts Rugby League just prior to starting at Edwin Thompson.  


Benjamin Abbott

Benjamin is a qualified Building Designer awarded for Excellence and a qualified Carpenter and Joiner from Western Australia, recently moved to the UK in 2017 and having joined Edwin Thompson in 2018. He continues to build on his knowledge, skills and experience through his studies to become a qualified architect.

Before shifting into building design, Benjamin previously managed his own carpentry and joinery business, offering a wide variety of carpentry, joinery and building services with a high standard of customer service and project outcomes. Augmented by an excellent grounding in practical construction, Benjamin brings detailed, conscientious and creative design solutions to a variety projects, including renovations, extensions and new builds. Through attentiveness to the client and their brief, with careful communication, he focusses on providing complete and meticulous designsolutions uniquely suited to the client’s context, meeting the brief and beyond. With practical knowledge of and experience in many aspects of the construction industry, Benjamin is uniquely positioned to offer detailed and creative designs coupled with a practical construction perspective that sees a project through to completion smoothly and with excellence.

Benjamin is also particularly passionate about conscientious sustainable design solutions that use intelligent and informed design to create efficient and eco-friendly buildings. These can range from using traditional construction techniques, products and materials to variety of sustainable alternatives.

Community minded, Benjamin has also served in a variety of volunteer and social work capacities, his work taking him around Australia, across South-East Asia, into the Middle East, and finally to the UK. Having also served as a member, trainer, National Council member and International Council member of a charitable international emergency disaster relief organisation of high repute since 2005, Benjamin brings a further broad wealth of experience and understanding applicable to many situations.

A family man, Benjamin loves spending time with his wife and four children, also enjoying and supporting his extended family, friends and local community. Alone or with others, he loves almost anything outdoors, particularly camping, hiking, touring, surfing and kayaking. When he’s not active,you will often find him sitting comfortably with an epic novel and a hot cup of tea, with a sketch book close by – just in case.

Stuart Eve BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS

Stuart is a Chartered Building Surveyor who recently relocated to his hometown of Maryport after living and working in London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dalston. Stuart began his career as a Royal Marine after leaving school, serving in Norway and the Persian Gulf, before returning home to retrain as a builder. He went on to obtain a degree in Building Surveying in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he worked for various surveying practices before accepting a role lecturing in Surveying at Northumbria University.  After relocating back to Cumbria Stuart ran his own practice before joining Edwin Thompson in January 2017. He accepts the full range of Building Surveying commissions, including residential and commercial building surveys, defect surveys and diagnosis, party wall, dilapidations, design and contract management. His main interest is Heritage and Conservation, and he achieved an MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment at Reading University in 2013. He regularly provides advice, specifications and management of works to sympathetically repair and thermally upgrade historic buildings as well as preparing heritage reports to assist with the planning process. Stuart loves travelling and is a keen surfer and walker, but mostly enjoys spending time with his family during time away from work.  


Elliott Eve

Elliott joined Edwin Thompson as Architectural Assistant at the start of 2017, assisting the Building Department with planning, technical and 3D drawings. In his spare time,  Elliott likes to stay active, enjoys walking in the Lake District Fells and travelling.


Peter Virtue