O’Brien Trust smashes it’s £30,000 target with a massive £45,000 raised in the best year ever!

Dear Supporters of the O’Brien charitable Trust

What a fantastic year 2021 has been for the O’Brien Charitable Trust, in fact the best year ever for fundraising! We have blown our target of £15,000.00 out of the water altogether, hitting the massive amount of £30,000.00 which is staggering.

We will therefore hit £45,000.00 once O’Brien Contractors £15,000.00 donation has been added.  Despite all the down beat vibes and fallout regarding the pandemic, those who work at O’Brien’s have taken the opposing view by pressing forward, recognising the needs of others stood up and have done something about it resulting in this exceptional outcome.

A massive well done and thank you to the committee members: Wayne Inskip, Vicki O’Brien, Dan Taylor, James Bilson, who have being the driving force throughout the year. Big thanks and congratulations to Stuart Chamberlain for his epic bike ride across England and Scotland which raised over £4,000.

We are also fortunate enough to have great relationships with our suppliers who have supported us in an unbelievable manner once again, as they do every year.

We are well on the way to making donations to a number of smaller charities and will be in a position to confirm those in January 22.

Looking forward to 2022 we already have our golf day booked at the Warwickshire for July, and we will be announcing other events in the new year.

Thank you to every single person who attended our events, donated prizes, sponsored events, donated money, shared our charity posts, we appreciate every single one of you!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

O’Brien staff generously donate for Coventry Cyrenians Christmas Day event!

The O’Brien staff have done a great job filling up our donation bin, 3 times in the last few weeks, ready to take over to Coventry Cyrenians tomorrow morning ready for their Christmas Day Dinner event for anyone who is homeless, vulnerable or would like others to spend their Christmas with.

Cyrenians is a fantastic charity and is one of the charities that O’Brien donates money to, from our O’Brien Trust annual fundraising.

O’Brien Touch Down at Old Saltleians RFC, to Develop New Rugby Training Grounds!

O’Brien Contractors are proud to be working with Old Saltleians RFC to develop their new training grounds in Water Orton.

A number of years after the process started our O’Brien Director Tony Mitchell along with the Client and their professional team have succeeded in bringing the project from the table and onto site. Works commenced with a formal ground breaking ceremony on 25 November.

Members of the Old Saltleians RFC and other stakeholders attended the formal ground breaking ceremony on the 25th November which kicks off the 12 month project to deliver the new facility for the relocation of Old Salts from their old grounds due to HS2.

Utilising our in house civil engineering & construction expertise, along with our extensive sports development experience, we are delivering a turnkey design & build solution for the client.

The scheme includes a brand new club house, associated access roads, car parks along with seven natural turf pitches and associated infrastructure. This will be a fantastic development for the club, the rugby and local communities for generations to come.

The scheme follows on from our hugely successful scheme at Aston Villa training ground, which has been testament to our skills and capabilities when it comes to providing outstanding turnkey sports facilities.

A massive well done to the O’Brien team involved on bringing the project to fruition, some things are definitely worth waiting for!

Some of the O’Brien machines working on the site, came along for the photoshoot as well!

 

Sean Mahoney Wins the Last Employee Award for 2021 and a £500 Cheque

Sean Mahoney one of our Groundworkers has been awarded our last Employee Outstanding Achievement Award for 2021.

Project Manager Ed Rushe and Site Manager John Maxwell nominated Sean saying “Sean is a good hard working lad nice & well mannered with very good time keeping, shows willing to work, as well as being well liked on site. Well done Sean!

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 Breaks Ground on New Cemetery Project for Sandwell MBC

O’Brien Contractors are proud to be working with Sandwell Council on this important and sensitive project.

Sandwell Council Press Release:

Name of New Cemetery Revealed as Work Begins 100 years After First Burial at Neighbouring Cemetery

Work has begun to create a brand-new cemetery and improve open space in Rowley Regis.

The name of the new cemetery has also been revealed – almost 100 years to the day the first burial took place at neighbouring Rowley Regis Cemetery.

Sandwell Council’s £2.2million project to create Canalside Cemetery and Open Space just off Powke Lane is set to be completed next year (2022).

The new cemetery is on land opposite the existing Rowley Regis Crematorium and Cemetery, where the first burial took place on 21 November 1921. Fifteen-year-old shovel maker Clifford Blunt of Old Hill was the first person to be buried there, records show.

The new cemetery, which is being constructed by O’Brien Contractors Ltd, will provide burial space for Sandwell residents for decades to come.

The project includes improvements to the open space around the new cemetery, areas near the canal walkway – from which the cemetery will take its name – and ecological improvements.

Local companies and contractors are working on the site, including staff who live within walking distance of Powke Lane and Black Country-based suppliers.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities Councillor Kerrie Carmichael said: “The new cemetery will take up less than 30 per cent of the green space, and the rest of the area will still be open to the public for walks and other activities, which we know is really important to the local community.

“Work will be carried out sensitively, minimising disruption to residents where we can. We’ll be focusing on not only improving the open space around the new cemetery, but also boosting the ecological value of the site.”

Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council Councillor Maria Crompton said: “This new cemetery is so necessary for Sandwell as we are rapidly running out of burial space. Rowley Regis Cemetery is now close to capacity, having been in use for exactly 100 years.

“Without this new site, we’re facing the possibility of families being unable to bury their loved ones here in the not too distant future which would be heart-breaking for them.”

Stuart Chamberlain, Executive Director at O’Brien Contractors Ltd said: “We are delighted that Sandwell Council has turned to our groundworks and civil engineering expertise to deliver Canalside Cemetery in Rowley Regis.

“Once completed, the cemetery will provide a beautifully landscaped and peaceful resting place for loved ones and for those visiting to pay their respects.”

Plans for the site include not only the creation of space for burials, but also an office building, toilets for staff and mourners, installation of CCTV, car parking and an improved and much safer entrance off Powke Lane to the new cemetery and open space.

Work on the new cemetery will see more than 70% of the existing green area remain as public open space.

Public rights of way will also be maintained across the site once the cemetery is completed, but currently remain temporarily closed while construction is under way.

Groundworker Jack Johnston Wins Outstanding Employee Award and a Cheque for £500!

O’Brien Groundworker Jack Johnston Wins Outstanding Employee Award and a Cheque for £500!

Our colleague Jack has been awarded the for the third quarter of 2021.

Jack was presented with a certificate and will receive a cheque for £500 as a reward for his hard work.

Project Manager Guy Baker commented:

“It is a pleasure to work with Jack.  We are currently working together on the Cottam Ash power station project.  The project involves carrying out Earthworks that are modelled by the Topcon GPS machine control system.  Jack is a very good plant operator and is highly competent in using the GPS system.

Jack is hard working and his work ethic is second to none.  Well done Jack.”

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 Celebrates 8th RoSPA Gold Award and Our 4th Gold Medal Award

O’Brien Contractors has been awarded the RoSPA Gold Medal Award, which is our 8th consecutive RoSPA Gold Award and our 4th Gold Medal, so we are over the moon!

The internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, are the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK and has been awarded to us in recognition of our practices and achievements, in helping staff and clients and stakeholders get home safely at the end of the working day.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety  management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Managing Director, Peter O’Brien, said:

“We are delighted to have been recognised with a RoSPA Gold Medal Award again for the 4th year runnning.  As a company we are dedicated to making sure that all of our sites are safe both for everyone working on them and for members of the public, especially in a year dominated by COVID-19, requiring additional safety procedures on site. Receiving this award again is testament to how hard we all work to achieve that.”

O’Brien Contractors is committed to providing safe and healthy working environments for all of our staff.  O’Brien  provides ongoing training, information, supervision and advice so that all of our employees are competent to work safely and are committed to providing the resources necessary to support this provision.

Our industry-leading standards have also been recognised with many other occupational health and safety accreditations ranging from ISO45001 to CHAS, Achilles Building Confidence and RISQS.

Laser Levelling for Sub-Base Preparation – One of Many Services Provided

Expert Teams for Laser Levelling Sub-Base Preparation

Our expert teams are fully self-sufficient operating as a one stop shop, trimming, compacting and tidying as the works progress. They have a proven track record with major industrial floor installers throughout the UK and have completed millions of square meters of trimming works.

Machine Control Systems with State of the Art Technology

Machine Control Systems utilises state of the art technology based on GNSS, Total Stations and Lasers to control the machine in relation to a 3D Design or a Finished Floor Level.

As a company, we have been at the forefront of Machine Control since its early adoption in the UK and have assisted the major manufacturers Trimble and Topcon with developing their systems for market and continue to do so to this day. Realising the potential and investing into such systems early has left us at the leading edge of this technology here in the UK.

These systems make any site operate not only more efficiently and effectively, but also improve safety by removing on the ground operative / machine interfaces.

Whether carrying out bulk earthworks operations, constructing a sports pitch or final trimming prior to tarmac placement or industrial floor concrete, our systems are tried and tested to achieve the tightest tolerances possible.

If high output, high tolerance trimming, with minimal engineering input is your goal then look no further than one of our systems.

Our systems can be applied to almost any application:

  • Bulk Earthworks Cut to Fill
  • Highways Construction
  • External Works
  • Foundation Excavation
  • Industrial Warehouses
  • Sports Pitches
  • Landscaping

Laser (2D)

High precision lasers automatically control the machines hydraulics in relation to a level or grade. Trimming flat planes to a grade or set level high accuracy +/- 5mm.

 Total Station (3D)

A motorised Total Station tracks the machine. Trimming intricate 3D designs to +/- 10mm.

 Compact Leveller (2D)

JCB mounted Spreader Box controlled via a high precision laser. Similar to the Laser System but with the added advantage of operating in reverse leaving no track marks. Trimming single size stone as a final blinding layer, leaving no track marks high accuracy +/- 5mm.

GNSS (3D)

The Machine is guided by satellites in 3D. 1st Stage Earthworks with Tolerances of +/- 20mm.

Our expert teams are fully self-sufficient operating as a one stop shop, trimming, compacting and tidying as the works progress. They have a proven track record with major industrial floor installers throughout the UK and have completed millions of square meters of trimming works.

If you wish to know more give one of our team a call to discuss your exact requirements and to select the system best suited to your needs.

 Key Benefits:

  • Reduce Material Wastage
  • Reduce Fuel, energy and C02 emissions
  • Improve Safety by removing people from hazardous work areas
  • Reduce reliance on traditional engineers
  • Deliver projects within specification on time and budget
  • Automate bulk earthworks (Cut to Fill)
  • Efficient and accurate final trimming
  • Materials cost saving

 

O’Brien Welcomes New Engineer Lewis to the Team

O’Brien have welcomed our new engineer Lewis onto the team.

Lewis has started his first week here at O’Brien and is looking forward to integrating into the team and gaining further experience out on our project sites.

We look forward to seeing Lewis progress within the company and gain the additional experience he wants to develop his skills and career.

O’Brien value the skills and expertise of all of our staff, where there are no limits or boundaries in terms of progression within the company and we encourage our staff to take a proactive approach to their job, and put themselves forward for training that will develop their skills and advance their career.​

Lewis gave us some background on how where he trained before joining the company:

“I completed an 18 month civil engineering level 3 and NVQ with Learning Skills Partnership and then progressed on to a 2 and a half year course to complete my HNC in site engineering at the Leeds College of Building.  I completed my training a long side full time work, allowing me to transfer the knowledge from the classroom straight to site.

I’m looking forward to working in a fast paced environment at O’Brien’s, hopefully get onto some large projects as I look to develop my engineering skills further. I felt that I’d get this exposure at O’Brien’s making it the right move for myself.”

Welcome on board Lewis!

 

O’Brien Contractors Appoint Net Zero Champion to Achieve Net-Zero Operations.

We are committed to continued investment in our people, plant and technology to ensure we play our part in reducing embodied carbon across all of our projects”.

Vicki O’Brien

With over fifty years of history delivering civil engineering and construction across all sectors of the Built Environment, O’Brien Contractors have always shown a commitment to their Corporate Social Responsibility and the Environment.

Vicki O’Brien is a third generation O’Brien and has worked in the family business for nearly twelve years. As a Net Zero Champion, Vicki will be responsible for setting net zero carbon targets and defining the businesses strategy to de-carbonise future operations.

Vicki commented “Protecting our Environment and climate change represents some of the greatest challenges we face today in Construction. At O’Brien Contractors Limited, we understand the behavioural change needed across our Industry.

We are committed to continued investment in our people, plant and technology to ensure we play our part in reducing embodied carbon across all of our projects”. Vicki continued, “I am excited to Champion our approach to Net Zero Carbon and establish a Strategy with meaningful targets and clear policies which will help us manage and report on our progress”.