Project details

Weston Heights, formerly known as the Coalville estate, is Compendium Living’s award-winning regeneration scheme breathing new life into a once-ailing ex-mining estate in Stoke-on-Trent.

  • Client: Compendium Living (Lovell Partnerships and Riverside)
  • Project: Weston Heights
  • Location: Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sector: Residential
  • Value: £2.47m
  • Contract Duration: 3 phases, 127 weeks overall
  • Service: Groundworks, Infrastructure Works, earthworks


The contract comprised the construction of 79 three / four bedroom semi-detached or detached houses with associated garages in Stoke-on-Trent.

Key aspects of the project include: cut & fill of circa 10,000m3 with 8,000m3 disposal off site, mass fill concrete foundations, brickwork and blockwork to substructures up to DPC and insulated beam and block floors including structural concrete screeds.

O’Brien also secured: associated plot drainage and services installations, full reconstruction of an existing estate road and associated highways drainage, construction of three new estate roads and associated highways drainage, and installation of a new combined services “ring main” including: gas, water, electric and BT, plus associated reinstatement of the existing macadam footpaths.

New external finishings to dwellings, including macadam driveways and flag paving to paths and patios, new boundary / retaining walls in engineering brickwork up to DPC level and top-soiling to front and rear gardens and communal landscaped areas, were also included in the contract.

Key Benefits

  • The use of recycled crushed aggregates instead of quarried materials.
  • Backfilling of drainage and services trenches with dug material instead of stone.
  • Produced a ground model rationalise the cut and fill to reduce disposal of muck off site.
  • We also proposed the use of an insulated polystyrene block flooring system in lieu of standard concrete block and separate insulation layer. This ensured the project stayed ahead of schedule and reduced the risk of manual handling injuries due to the weight of the blocks.
  • Use of UPVC drainage within highways works in lieu of concrete and clay products saving time and money.