Congratulations to Owain one of our site operatives, who has been awarded our March – May award 2020.

Owain was nominated by two of our Project Managers for his hard work and dedication on site.

Project Manager Guy Baker and Tom O’Brien commented, “ Owain has progressed very well, is eager and very willing to do anything asked of him. He has done very well on our Blythe Valley and Banbury projects.”

Owain recieves a certificate and a cheque for £500.

O’Brien values the skills, experience and dedication of our site teams.

In recognition of this, we have for many years run the ‘Employee Outstanding Achievement Award’. The award goes to a member of one of our site teams each quarter to coincide with our quarterly newsletter.

Project Managers nominate the operative that they think has gone above and beyond for the previous quarter and the candidate with the most recommendations wins the award. In recognition of their outstanding contribution, the winner gets a £500 cheque and a certificate in recognition of their hard work.

Lift off for New Building Extension at Barry Callebaut Chocolate Factory!

Construction of New Loading / Distribution Canopy

On Saturday 02 May, the O’Brien project team at the Barry Callebaut site, undertook a very impressive triple crane lift!

The crane lift was carried out as part of our works on the Banbury chocolate manufacturing plant site, where we are now 29 weeks into a 52 week contract. The new 40 metre span steel frame building extension is for a new loading / distribution Canopy, at the factory.

This is part of 6 phases of work we are carrying out on site as part of upgrading works, within the 6 phases include new access roads, construction of a Weighbridge, the Construction of a new Utility building , an extension to the production building, major internal refurbishment to a further 2 buildings

The works were undertaken on a live manufacturing plant where works continue, with strict additional procedures put in place due to COVID-19.

The above works are following on from our:

Building Alteration and Upgrading Works for New Tank Farm Installation

The works which are to allow the client to increase their production by circa 20%, started in November 2019, with major alteration works on the new ‘Tank Farm Building’ completed. The works on this building have been carried out to ensure that the building is ready for the new product tanks to be installed within the building.  Our works on this building have included:

  • Piling installation in the floor of the building to take the load imposed from the new product tanks to be installed
  • Concrete reinstatement – reinstate around piles
  • New resin floor installation
  • White walling to stop any contamination of the product
  • Installation of new steels – these were installed to strengthen the building, and for crane beams
  • Painting and decoration of the building
  • Brick up old roller shutter doors openings
  • Tank Farm Delivery Yard Construction

We have also constructed a new yard around the side and the rear of the ‘Tank Farm Building’ which was previously a landscaped area. The new side access and new yard will allow deliveries to the rear of the building. Our works have included:

  • Reduced dig around the side and to the rear
  • Muck shift
  • Installation of all drainage and ducting for the building
  • Install Hauraton channels and kerbs
  • Install concrete bases for canopy for the delivery area to the rear
  • Stone up
  • Concrete bays for the vehicle delivery area.

Other works to the yard area for the ‘Tank Farm’ included the installation of 3 no doc levellers at low level, installation of all new doors and windows for the doc levellers and installation of a building for the janitors, and installation of steel for the canopy.

Building Extension and Construction Works

Our works will be continuing on site until late 2020 with further works including building extension works, internal access roads and construction of a brand new 40m x 13m stand alone Utilities / Energy Centre.

Live Manufacturing Environment

All works are being carried out within a live manufacturing environment with a busy delivery and loading operation on the site. O’Brien have a carefully controlled regime and works phasing to ensure that manufacturing and deliveries on site are uninterrupted. Health and Safety standards are stringent to reflect both O’Brien and Barry Callebaut’s standards.

150 Year Old – World Leading of Manufacturer of High Quality Chocolate and Cocoa Products

Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, and has been dedicated to this business for more than 150 years. The company operates out of more than 40 countries, runs about 60 production facilities, employs a global workforce of more than 12,000 people.

One in Four Chocolate & Cocoa Products Around the World Contain Barry Callebaut Products

With average sales of 2,139,758 tonnes of chocolate and cocoa products (2018/19), their products are present in one out of four of all chocolate and cocoa products consumed around the world.
The works are taking place under a 12 month programme of works.

O’Brien Trust Donates to Wolverhampton Boxing Club – Pride of the Black Country

O’Brien Charitable Trust are very pleased to donate for the first time to Wolverhampton Boxing Club, one of the oldest established clubs in the UK.  O’Brien donated £2,000 to this very worthy club at the heart of the local East Park community.

The club was founded way back in 1936 by a group of local businessmen. After a few moves to different premises, by the mid 80’s the club had moved to its present home on the corner of Colliery Road and Willenhall Road.

The club has three rings, along with an array of heavy bags etc that would be the envy of a lot of pro gyms! The club is recognised as being of enormous benefit not only to the local East Park community, but for the whole of Wolverhampton.

Various famous faces have visited the club, including in recent years Amir Khan, Joe Bugner and Earnie Shavers amongst others.

Other prominent boxers who have passed through the doors of WABC over the years include Tony Wilson, Bingo Crookes, Richie Carter, Nigel Rafferty and Dean Harrison to name but a few.

A lot of people have worked tirelessly to make the gym what it is today, and are still working hard to leave a legacy for future generations of Wulfrunians.

Any boxing fan or visitor to Wolverhampton would do well to take an hour of their time to visit WABC, it really is a fight fans’ dream.

Gary Bate from the Boxing Club commented on what the donation has meant to the club:

We are a voluntary run boxing club offering the opportunity to train and learn the art of boxing, in one of the most deprived areas of Wolverhampton. We welcome children and adults from the age of 8 and also have links with local schools and youth groups. We operate from a building which is over 100 years old and as you can imagine, it is in constant need of repair and maintenance. We rely on charitable donations to enable us to keep the building open for our community.

Your very generous donation of £2,000 has helped us to refurbish one of our rooms to be used as a class room to extend our theory teaching. This room was previously very damp and had dry rot in the floor boards. Your money contributed to the eradication of these problems along with new flooring and electric heaters to be installed. We send our sincere thanks for considering us and agreeing to donate to our cause. We wish you every success with your future projects.