Project Details

The regeneration of the former Westcliffe Hospital is part of a £100m investment to deliver three new retirement villages at sites across the city, namely: Blurton, Abbey Hulton and Westcliffe. The villages will provide 390 new care apartments for people over the age of 55.

  • Client: Seddon Construction
  • Project: Westcliffe Retirement Village
  • Location: Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sector: Residential
  • Value: £2.4m
  • Contract Duration: 2 phases, 60 weeks overall
  • Service: Earthworks, Groundworks


We secured a contract to carry out the substructure works for the new Westcliffe Retirement Village in Stoke-on-Trent.

The works included enabling works for site establishments and reduce level dig with 11000m3 of the earthworks arisings being disposed off-site.

The cut and fill remodelling of 17000m3 of the existing ground profile was carried out to form the excavation for the building foot print.

O’Brien also constructed mass fill concrete foundations; reinforced concrete retaining walls and associated storm and foul drainage with 400m3 – including a large storm water attenuation storage and hydrobrake.

All hard landscaping works were included in the contract.


  • Interface with the general public / traffic whilst carrying out off site sewer connections.
  • Limited space on site once the erection of the building commences with restricted access to the rear of the building and two internal courtyard areas.


The remodelling design works were carried out in-house with the control information being fed directly to the GPS guided earthworks plant. This technique ensured accurate excavation of foundations to the required formation levels, without the operative having to leave the cab of the excavator.

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Key Benefits

  • The use of recycled crushed aggregates in lieu of quarried materials.
  • Backfilling of drainage and service trenches with as dug material in lieu of stone.
  • Produced ground model to rationalise cut & fill and reduce disposal of muck off site.
  • Possible use of alternative paving specifications.