O’Brien Contractors take the lion’s share at Goodman’s Browns Lane scheme

Civil engineering and groundworks contractor provides earthworks and groundworks services at John Sisk and Son’s Lyons Park scheme in Coventry, West Midlands

Leading groundworks and civil engineering contractor, O’Brien, has been appointed to work on Goodman’s regeneration of Browns Lane in Coventry.

In the latest phase of the masterplan for the regeneration of the former Jaguar Land Rover site, the Lyons Park development will deliver 214,000 sq ft of modern industrial space to the local area.

Appointed by principal contractor, John Sisk, the project will see O’Brien deliver a host of earthworks and groundworks, including: 36,000m2 site cut and fill to form a reduced level excavation for the building foot prints, pad foundations, new storm and foul drainage system and service yards – incorporating the petrol interceptors and an attenuation tank.

Stuart Chamberlain, Director, O’Brien Contractors sees the contract as further evidence of the firms diversification strategy paying dividends: “Our ongoing investment in cutting edge surveying equipment and state-of-the-art excavators and bulldozers; equipped with GPS control systems, enables us to continually improve the quality of our work and the speed of installation.”

“Our technical expertise is essential in carrying out the works and assisting in creating cut and fill balance on complex and time restricted earthworks schemes. It enables our expert operators to deliver the design to the exact client specifications and ensures we provide the highest quality and level of service possible.”

The £1.65m contract will see O’Brien Contractors on-site for 20 weeks, with the overall scheme due for completion this summer.

O’Brien Contractors sign up with Coventry City Football Club


Coventry City Football Club has another O’Brien on board – but unlike team captain Jim, its work has taken place underneath the Ricoh Arena pitch, rather than on it.

O’Brien Contractors prepared the ground at the Ricoh, including removing the 8,000 sq m playing surface to allow GreenFields to install the new pitch there last December.

O’Brien Contractors is the first and only large civil engineering firm able to offer turnkey solutions for a range of sports pitch installations, delivering projects ranging from athletics tracks, football pitches through to hockey and rugby pitches.

This capability is all maintained in house – with no outsourcing required – by a team of experts with a proven track record of delivering design and build sports projects to a diverse range of exacting client specifications.

The company has now taken an advertising board at the ground and believes it will help to raise the profile of the firm on a national basis.

Mick O’Brien, Director, O’Brien Contractors, said: “This is a very specialist field and is something we want to shout about to the world and, also, we want to raise awareness about the company in general.

“We have sponsored Coventry City in the past and also tie-in with other local clubs so we do have a good sporting heritage.

“Over the years, O’Brien have been fortunate to have great success and are keen to ensure we give back to the community whenever possible. This includes sponsoring numerous local sporting clubs, providing everything from the kit to the scoreboards. We also support many schools by supplying playground materials and new IT equipment.”

Tynan Scope, Coventry City’s corporate sales manager, said: “It’s great to have O’Brien Contractors on board with the club in this way and we have seen how this kind of sponsorship can help to raise the profile of a business over many, many years.

“In our game against Rochdale recently, three of the four goals were scored right in front of their board and resulted in positive national TV exposure for the company – that’s just one of the many benefits.”

O’Brien Contractors kick off 2015 with £7m in new contract wins

Civil engineering and groundworks contractor provides earthworks and groundworks services at John Sisk and Son’s Lyons Park scheme in Coventry, West Midlands

Leading groundworks and civil engineering contractor, O’Brien, is celebrating the start of 2015 with a hat-trick of high-profile project wins valued in the region of £7m.

The contractor has also been shortlisted in four categories of the 2015 Construction News Specialist Awards: Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover up to £25m), Sustainable Project of the Year, Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m) and Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year.

Appointed by principal contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, O’Brien will deliver a host of groundworks on LondonMetric Property’s £77m Thunderbird 2 scheme – a 90,000 m2 floor distribution centre near Thrapston. The project marks the start of a new relationship with Sir Robert McAlpine.

The partnership formed at Nestle’s new £200m coffee production facility has helped secure two further schemes with John Sisk: a groundworks package at Alumno Developments’ £30m Student Accommodation at Eastside Locks in Birmingham and an additional groundworks contract for three distribution units at Goodman’s Lyons Park scheme in Coventry.

The wins come on the back of a successful 2014 in which O’Brien Contractors picked up a number of flagship projects, including: a £6.5m Marks and Spencer civil engineering and groundworks package with Morgan Sindall at Longbridge in Birmingham; a £5.5m roads and sewers contract for new service personnel housing at MOD Stafford with Lovell Partnership; and a £2.5m groundworks for Kier Construction at the New Cross Hospital Emergency Department, Wolverhampton.

Managing Director, Peter O’Brien said: “In 2009, instead of seeing the financial crisis as a negative, we embarked on a 5 year diversification strategy turning the company from a groundworks specialist to a principal contractor offering pre-construction services, design and build, sport pitch construction, traditional contracting and plant hire.”

“We also invested more than £4m in training, plant, equipment and technology – £2m during 2014 – and have retained our directly-employed labour force.”

“This success demonstrates the hard work, commitment and dedication everyone at O’Brien Contractors has shown in implementing our business strategy: to deliver the best service to our customers and to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of construction projects.

“We are of course delighted to be recognised for our achievements: by being appointed onto some of the most high-profile developments across the midlands and shortlisted on the 2015 Construction News Specialist Awards in four categories.”

O’Brien Contractors strikes gold with Eastbourne Hockey Club


Winner of 2014 Building Awards: Contractor of the Year (up to £300m), O’Brien Contractors, has completed a hockey pitch resurfacing project at Eastbourne Hockey Club in East Sussex.

O’Brien’s 9 week contract involved; the removal of the existing 16 year old sand filled synthetic grass surface, the adjustment of existing sub base and the installation of a 5027 m² DOMO Hockey Xtreme MDC Ultra sand filled synthetic grass hockey pitch with inlaid lines.

Prior to installation, the appropriate sub base tests were conducted to ensure levels in each working area were in accordance with the specification.

The works, which took place within a live sports facility, also included surveying and making adjustments to the existing Lava/ Rubber Crumb Dynamic layer.

Steve Hillman, General Manager – Sports Division at O’Brien Contractors, said: “One of our key capabilities is our commitment to providing our clients with the most efficient and cost effective service available at all times.

The new hockey pitch contract is something we have been particularly proud to have won and has provided us with the opportunity to show case our sports pitch capabilities and our commitment to delivering total customer satisfaction.”

Established in 1958, O’Brien Construction is a second generation, family-run business that has gone from strength to strength and expanded into a range of new sectors. We are one of the first large civil engineering firms able to offer turnkey solutions for a range of sports pitch installations, delivering projects ranging from athletics tracks, football pitches though to hockey and rugby pitches.

To date, O’Brien has delivered projects for a range of top quality clients, including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, the National Trust, Morrisons, Aston University, Kier Construction, Wates and John Sisk.

For more information, visit www.OBrienContractors.co.uk

The pitch was officially opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne and England Ladies’ number-one hockey goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch.