O’Brien Contractors awarded CHAS accreditation in recognition of Health and Safety best practice


Leading groundworks and civil engineering contractor, O’Brien, has been awarded the CHAS accreditation in recognition of its sound management of health and safety.

Managing Director, Peter O’Brien said: “The health and safety of our team, our clients and the public is our main priority and we invest in on-going health and safety to ensure our operations are as safe as possible.

This accreditation demonstrates to our clients that health and safety is pivotal to our business and site operations. CHAS is a market leader for health and safety qualification and I am delighted our industry-leading standards have stood up against the stringent qualification criteria.”


The O’Brien Charity Golf Day is back on!  After having to cancel the event earlier in the year, we have rearranged the day and it will now take place on Friday 16 October.

Our annual ‘Golf Day’, is a massively popular event so book early!

A light hearted fun day out, starting with a nice breakfast bap before heading out onto the golf course to get down to the serious business of trying to win the competition (all in good spirits and the best possible taste of course)!  We have a staggered start this year, to ensure we comply with the necessary COVID guidelines and advice.

Buggies are available as well as the opportunity to stay over at the course hotel for the night after an evening of auction action, winners announcements and dinner!

We have individual tickets as well as team sponsorship packages.






DARTMOUTH FORESHORE, STUNNING VIEWS – 4 BEDROOMS / SLEEPS 8 (includes 1 bedroom ground floor self contained annexe)

  • 100 TICKETS ONLY – £50 EACH (Draw will take place once 100 Tickets are sold)
  • Why not form a group to purchase a ticket
  • All ticket monies go to O’Brien Charitable Trust
  • Pay your £50 via Donate Button or win a holiday button (Paypal) in message function, write Dartmouth
  • Please wait for the message function to come up as it doesn’t come up immediately after payment confirmation) if you miss it, send a message to info@obriencontractors.co.uk and we can find your donation via your Paypal email address.
  • We will allocate you a ticket number between 1 and 100 and email this to you.

(Donate button found at top on computer, bottom of page on mobile phone)


The property occupies a commanding position on the Dartmouth foreshore, and is located on one of the most sought after roads in Dartmouth.

Wow what fantastic views you will have to enjoy whilst spending the week here! The property sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms in the main house, with a further self contained ground floor annexe sleeping a further 2 people.

The property is within walking distance of the town’s many pubs, restaurants and boutique shops, a town which has retained much of it’s original charm and is full of character.


The house occupies a commanding position on the Dartmouth foreshore, with amazing views up to Noss Yard and down to the entrance to the Dart Estuary.

View from the rear garden


This charming town is within walking distance of the property and is located in the much sought after area of South Hams and is known for having an uncommonly temperate climate, consisting of lush unspoilt countryside, hidden coombes and a spectacular coastline.

Accommodation includes:

First Floor: Hallway, Kitchen / breakfast Room (with views across the estuary, with back door leading to the garden), Lounge (triple aspect views and private terrace), Cloakroom / WC
Second Floor: Principal Bedroom Suite (with en-suite) and access to 2 Further Bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Ground Floor: Annexe with Bedroom, Bathroom and Kitchen / Diner
Single Garage, Landing Platform, Running Mooring and Garden
2354 square feet of floor space (excluding garage)

View of the rear of the property


This type of house in the area house rents out at £1,000 low season and £2,000 high season. The property would be available for a choice of one week over a 12 month period after the draw. The house will be undergoing modernisation for a period in 2021 but this is unlikely to start before August 2021, (if they are underway, you will be given the opportunity to take a week after the works are completed).

Please Note: The property is not suitable for wheelchair users, the infirm or pushchairs as there are a number of steps from the street down to the property.

About Dartmouth

Situated on the banks of the picturesque River Dart, it’s the perfect year-round destination for a holiday. No matter the weather or time of year, Dartmouth is an exciting town just waiting to be explored.

With numerous festivals and events, exhibitions and markets taking place throughout the year, as well as a great range of attractions and activities both in

Dartmouth and nearby, there is always something happening in this vibrant harbour town.

If it’s food you love, there is no better place to immerse yourself in Devon’s local produce, from seafood to ice-cream and fudge, the town is a food-lovers paradise.

There’s no better place to get out and about in the fresh Devon air. Put on your boots and get walking to enjoy the stunning South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South West Coast Path, both of which are on the town’s doorstep.

You can discover the stunning South Devon countryside by car, foot, bike or boat – the River Dart is nature’s playground for those who love exploring. The beaches in and around Dartmouth are some of the best in the west.

Places to Visit

Forts and Castles, the Britannia Royal Naval College all accessible to visitors, spend a day exploring the historical buildings and places of Dartmouth.
Historical Houses and Gardens

With 2 English Heritage and 2 National Trust properties in Dartmouth, as well as several stately homes and gardens in the surrounding area – you can spend days exploring. A visit to Agatha Christie’s holiday home at Greenway is a must – both the house and gardens are a real treat for visitors – and if you arrive by boat you experience the beauty of the River Dart which Agatha loved so much.

Steam Trains and More

It’s not just the maritime history that sets Dartmouth apart – it’s also the home of Thomas Newcomen, the inventor of the Steam Engine. A working engine can be viewed at the Dartmouth Visitor Centre why not view the engine and then enjoy a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway to round off your industrial education.

Other Things to See and Do?

  • The Newcomen Engine House, housing one of the few surviving ‘Atmospheric Engines’.
  • Bayards Cove Fort, a single storey Tudor artillery fort built before 1534 to protect the harbour
  • Dartmouth Artisan Market held on the 4th Saturday of the month in Dartmouth’s Old Market Square.
  • Dartmouth Museum, a fascinating museum full of history – Fun for all the family, under 12’s go FREE
  • Guided History Tours – walking tour pointing out the most important buildings and places
  • Dartmouth Castle at the mouth of the Dart, discover the history over the centuries along your way.
  • Coleton Fishacre House / Garden, travel back to the Jazz Age at the home of the D’Oyly Carte family.
  • Dartmouth’s Mayflower Heritage Trail – Walking Tour

Nearby: Totnes – 13 Miles – Kingsbridge – 15 Miles





O’Brien Directors Match £1 for £1 for Charity! Could you help by donating just a £1 each?

Could you help us by donating just a £1 each? Click the link to our charity page below….



Last year we donated £30,000 to charity organisations such as: Child Bereavement, Terminally Ill Children, Air Ambulance, Homeless Charity, Youth Charity
ALSO!!!! Over the next few weeks we will be releasing details of other fundraisers, including a holiday raffle, air miles, but this kick off campaign is simple but effective and a great way to kick off our 2020 charity drive.

The Directors will match your donations up to £15,000 to make £30,000 for charity!



Congratulations to Christie McBride, our Outstanding Contribution Award Winner August 2020!

Congratulations to our site operative Christie McBride, who has won our 3rd Quarter Employee Outstanding Contribution Award for  June – August.

Christie was nominated by his Project Manager Guy Baker who said: “We nominated Christie due to his willingness to learn, his good attitude to work and willingness to get stuck in on our works on the £50m Blythe Valley project for ZF.”

O’Brien Values Skills 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.

O’Brien Donate £5,000 to the Fantastic Malawi Orphans Home of Hope


O’Brien Contractors have donated a further £5,000 to support Home of Hope, a fantastic children’s home in Mchinji, Malawi which cares for over 700 orphans from all over Malawi area.

Back in 2017 we donated £7,000 towards setting up a Vocational Training Centre, supporting the Malawi Orphan Fund through working with Phil Janes at SDC Builders Limited.  Phil goes over to Malawi with his wife and a group of other volunteers, providing their time to carry out projects at the home. This time the team will be building additional toilet and bathing facilities as well as repairs to the accommodation blocks at the village and other crucial works.

Ruth Janes – Hon Treasurer Malawi Orphan Fund said, “Many thanks for the very generous donation of £5,000 to Malawi Orphan Fund from O’Brien Contractors. I confirm that it has safely reached Malawi Orphan Fund’s bank account. We will pass this gift on to the Home of Hope in the very near future.  This money will be of enormous benefit to all the children and young people living and studying at the Home who are among the poorest, most disadvantaged or vulnerable within Malawi.”

Malawi Orphan Fund supports the Home of Hope children’s home in Mchinji, Malawi, which cares for orphans from all over Malawi, providing food, shelter and good quality education in a loving environment. Their primary means of support is through sponsorship.

Home of Hope’s vision is for equipping orphans and other vulnerable children to lead independent lives to the full, by providing them with vocational skills to enable them to enter skilled employment, or set up businesses of their own.

Home of Hope consists of 5 main sectors: the Village, the School, the Farm, the Clinic and the Vocational Centre. Together they enable the Home to best meet the needs of those they care for.


O’Brien Enhance Fleet with Delivery of New Vans

O’Brien Contractors have recently purchased 8 new vans enhancing  our fleet of over 40 vans.

The 8 new vans are replacements in line with our policy of replacement on a 5 year cycle.  This maintains a modern fleet of vans and ensures we continue to make use of the latest technology and maintain low emission standards, as well as providing safe, reliable and environmentally friendly vehicles for our staff.  The new vans take our van fleet up to 45 number.

All the vans are sporting the new O’Brien livery, captured in a very artistic shot by our Transport Manager James!




O’Brien Scores with Sean McDermott’s Gaelic Football Club Under 17’s Championship Team

O’Brien Contractors recently sponsored the Sean McDermotts U17 squad kit.

This team are the current Warwickshire Championship and League holders which have they have held since the squad was first formed at U10.

They were also All Britain runners up in 2018 and are considered one of the most promising panel of players within the county.

Unfortunately the season has been curtailed by the current pandemic but they hope to be back playing in September wearing the O’Brien squad kit with pride.

O’Brien Supporting our Local Communities and Organisations

Throughout the year we donate / sponsor people on their charity endeavours, such as parachute jumps, sporting challenges, also supporting school publications, local independent public sports organisations (not publicly funded), maintenance of community facilities and many other varied causes.

In the last 4 years O’Brien Contractors have donated, sponsored or provided man hours to individuals or public / community organisations in the amount of £45,000 to date and will continue to assist in the future.

O’Brien’s Work Progresses at Urban Splash Port Loop Development

O’Brien’s work on our second phase contract at the Urban Splash, new Port Loop Development is progressing very well in Birmingham with O’Brien now commencing finishing works on site.

Following on from the success of our phase one works, we were awarded works on the second phase. Works on the first phase of the project was for foundations, drainage and landscaping works for 40 new 2 and 3 storey homes, including canalside housing, along with the construction of roads and pavements. On the second phase works we have been proving foundations, drainage, landscaping, roads and pavements for a further 28 number 2 and 3 storey homes.

O’Brien is delighted to continue the work with Urban Splash to create a state-of-the-art new development project.

Circled by a kilometre of historic canal, Port Loop is a brand new community with an urban island at its heart. Just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre, this is Birmingham’s most exciting new place to live.

The Port Loop masterplan includes a range of spacious modern homes, communal gardens, a new swimming pool and leisure centre, traffic-free green streets, a vibrant community hub and central Birmingham’s first new public green spaces in over a decade. Over 1.5km of new tow paths will also help to make it part of a better connected city. A place for couples, singletons, families and all generations, it’s a brand new neighbourhood, built from the ground up.

Urban Splash said: “The future neighbourhood of Port Loop will be both liveable and loveable. We are creating an environment that helps us look after ourselves, with homes that suit our changing ways of life in a place that embraces multi-generational living.

O’Brien Completes a Hat Trick of Education Contract Wins!

O’Brien Contractors have won our third education contract in a week, making it a hat trick of wins for us!

We have been awarded a contract for a playground expansion scheme at Abbeyfields School in Northampton, the scheme will start in the next few weeks.  The contract award followed lengthy discussions with the school and their consultants to bring the scheme to fruition.

Abbeyfield School is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Northampton in the English county of Northamptonshire.
offering  GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while sixth form students can choose to study from range of A Levels and further BTECs

Abbeyfield School is part of the Creative Education Trust (CET). Creativity, problem-solving and innovation are central to the approach to learning.