O’Brien Provides Cost and Environmental Solutions at Ludlow Site

Following on from works carried out earlier in 2020, O’Brien were engaged to carry out enabling works for a new depot on a portion of the site which was situated adjacent to the A49 in Ludlow.

With the site sitting alongside an existing live business and retail park along with Ludlow’s main park and ride facility it was imperative that the works were carried out in a way that did not disrupt the normal operations of our neighbours.

Works carried out on site included cut and fill earthworks to development plateaus, foul and surface water drainage, incoming service provision along with full construction of a new access road to provide permanent and construction access for the new depot. The earthworks presented a significant challenge with works carried out during January and February to meet the clients programme. These months are usually too wet for earthworks but using our extensive experience we provided a soil stabilisation solution that allowed works to be completed as required and the import of aggregates significantly reduced which provided cost and environmental benefits to the scheme.

The works commenced in December 2020 on a 16 week programme of works and have recently been completed.

O’Brien’s previous completed works on the Ludlow site earlier in 2020 were enabling works for a new housing development,  including drainage and attenuation ponds. See full details of previous works carried out:  O’Brien Development Site at Ludlow Progressing Well! – O’Brien Contractors (obriencontractors.co.uk)

Barry Callebaut, World’s Leading Chocolate Manufacturer, Major Works Project Progressing Well!

Building Alteration and Upgrading Works for New Tank Farm Installation

Our multi million pound contract at the Barry Callebaut factory, Banbury is progressing at a pace.  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.

Future works to the yard area for the ‘Tank Farm’ include 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 Completes Work at Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty


The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) develops and proves innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile, low risk environment, in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions, focused on delivering bespoke manufacturing system solutions for their customers.

MTC operate some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, employing a team of highly skilled engineers, with some being the leading experts in the world, creating a high-quality environment for the development and demonstration of new processes and technologies on an industrial scale.

MTC’s areas of expertise provide solutions for both large and small companies, across a wide range of industry sectors and their members include global manufacturing companies from multiple sectors. Research partners include the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd.

MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.


O’Brien Contractors were engaged by MTC Ltd as Principal Contractor for the Design and Construction of their new East Car Park, providing a new 333 space car park within the MTC Ansty Park site.

Works also included new service infrastructure, installation of an 800m3 attenuation tank with hydro brake flow-controlled discharge system, new lighting and electronic car charging facilities, perimeter fencing and associated gates and finally hard and soft landscaping to complete the construction of the new car park.

The project was delivered in its 12-week contract programme period and the site was awarded ‘Considerate Contractor Beyond Compliance Award’.

See the project profile for full details. https://obriencontractors.co.uk/?post_type=projects&p=5951&preview=true

Client Comments

O’Brien’s delivery and on site team have been a pleasure to work with. 

O’Brien have come back to all of my question and completed all CRF’s quickly and effectively. Communication with me as the client has been very good and I liked the proactive approach from all of your team.  

MTC will welcome O’Brien’s back with open arms. People do not often go out of their way to say Thank you and I believe strongly in Credit where it is due.