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)

O’Brien Trust Charity Raffles – Waterside Holiday Raffle and 6 Supercar Thrill Experience

6 Supercar Thrill Experience!

Enjoy the ride of a lifetime in a choice of five renowned supercars at locations throughout the UK. Take each for a six mile drive around the tracks before sitting back for a thrilling passenger ride. There are a variety of popular models to choose from, including a drive in an Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche 911 and much more. This is the ultimate experience for all car fanatics and is a great way to fulfill a real need for speed.


Holiday with Stunning Views From Your Garden!

  • 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.



Congratulations to Scott Constable, Winner of Outstanding Contribution Award First Quarter 2021 and £500 Bonus!

Congratulations to our site operative Scott Constable, who has won our 1st Quarter Employee Outstanding Contribution Award for  January – March 2021.

Scott was nominated by his Project Manager Guy Baker and Tim Murphy Site Manager who said: “We nominated Scott for his willingness and versatility at our Barry Callebaut site, which has enabled the project to run smoothly.  He has also formed good working relationships with the client and sub-contractors that has benefited the project.”

Scott was presented with an award certificate and a £500 bonus in recognition of his outstanding contribution.

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.



Tom’s Journey to Qualify as an Accountant – Well Done Tom Daly!

Tom has worked for O’Brien’s for 5 years and has been working towards his goal of becoming an accountant, undertaking an exam every 3 months for a period of studies spanning 3 years. Tom undertook evening studies whilst working full time, with the support of the finance team to achieve his goal and is currently in the final stages of documenting his record of experience to submit to CIMA, in order to obtain associate status, having recently passed his final examination.

O’Brien’s are massively proud of Tom’s hard work and his achievement to qualify as an accountant, having managed to achieve first time passes in all of his final year examinations.

Tom is now trying to decide what to do with all that spare time he has, now he has completed his studies!

Tom said of his achievement

“I’m pleased to confirm that I’ve recently received confirmation on the passing of my Strategic Case Study examination and in doing so, have now completed all CIMA examinations.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at O’Brien Contractors Ltd (past and present) for providing me with a platform, which has allowed me to grow in knowledge of both Accountancy and the Construction Industry.

I’m fairly proud to be the first employee within O’Brien’s 63 year trading history to qualify as an Accountant, with the company more traditionally funding commercial qualifications, such as Quantity Surveying and Engineering degrees.

Finally, I would like to say a massive thank you to those who have personally mentored me throughout my career to date. Your guidance, encouragement and support has not gone unnoticed and I will be forever grateful.”

Well done and Congratulations Tom,  from all of the O’Brien Team!




Director Stuart Chamberlain to take on the LEJOG Lands End to John O’Groats Cycling Challenge for Charity

Executive Director Stuart is taking on the epic 1,009 mile cycling challenge over 14 days in June 2021 to raise money for 2 charities that the O’Brien Trust donate to every year.

Stuart chose Molly Ollie’s Wishes and Freddie’s Wish to dedicate as his two charities to support on this very arduous and personal challenge.

The Challenge!

To cycle from Land’s End following the south Cornish coast, riding over the wilds of Dartmoor, and over the Severn Bridge into Wales. Following the River Wye on the Welsh border through the stunning rural landscapes of Hereford and Shropshire.  Heading further north we discover the amazing Forest of Bowland then into the Lake District and cross the border into Scotland. Before long we’re passing through the Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Grampian Mountains to Inverness, then the experience wilderness of the Scottish Highlands en-route to our final destination John O’Groats. Distance 1009 miles, Ascent 55,310ft!

To donate to Stuart’s challenge, please visit the Just Giving link below:


Good Luck Stuart!!!

Two O’Brien Stalwarts Retire After Clocking up an Epic Combined Service of Nearly 60 Years!

Mick O’Brien – Director Retires after 40 Years

After nearly forty years and having given virtually all of his working life to O’Brien Contractors, Mick O’Brian hung up his work boots and retired at the end of December 2020.

During his 40 years within the business brothers Mick and Peter O’Brien have enjoyed a longstanding and successful business relationship, to build one of the most recognised companies in the midlands, renowned for quality, professionalism and quality performance, growing the company from a £30k turnover in the early 1980’s to £30m turnover in recent years.

During his time as a Director at O’Brien Mick has seen many changes over the years, particularly with machine technology which Mick embraced, having worked from the ground up whilst the business was growing in the early days.

Mick headed up the plant department and ours Sports Division.  Mick has always had a passion for machinery and plant and ensured that the company has always been at the forefront with new machine technology, forming a pioneering relationship with Spectra Precision in the 90’s who specialised in geospatial technology, testing and developing machine automation on Dozers at a time when Spectra Precision were the only company worldwide to develop such systems. We were the first company in Europe to trial this system, which Mick embraced and during the last twenty years, these systems have revolutionised the construction industry and particularly earthworks projects.

With Mick heading up the plant and machinery division of the business and being passionate about machine technology, today we run 6 dozers with machine control and twenty of our 35 excavators with machine control and very sophisticated earthworks software enabling advanced design and earthworks balancing calculations providing information at the touch of a keypad.

Mick will be missed from the business and has now gone to enjoy his well earned retirement to embrace his other passions outside of the construction industry.

Peter O’Brien commented

 “I would like to thank Mick personally for all the years together and the loyalty and honesty where we have being friends and brothers along with business colleagues”.


Tony Murray – Accounts Manager Retires after 19 Years

 Having devoted over 19 years to O’Brien’s Tony Murray decided to retire from the end of December 2020.

Tony commented:

“My first experience of working at O’Brien was as part of the audit and accounts team for Murphy Salisbury.  Everyone was friendly and it was a great place to come to. I didn’t need to think twice when Pete and Mick gave me the opportunity to join the company on a permanent basis in 2002. I shall always be grateful to them for their help and support in that time.   The last 19 years have flown by and it has been amazing to see how the company has developed in that period, the product of Pete and Mick’s vision and the hard work and dedication of everyone connected with the company.

I just wanted to say a massive thankyou to everybody for the send-off you have given me.  It just proves how lucky I have been to work here with such a great crowd of people. I’m knocked out.  I want to thank everybody at the company for being part of the last 18 years, for the laughs and for putting up with me. Thanks again and good luck for the future. I am really going to miss the people and the place.

Peter O’Brien commented:

“Tony joined O’Brien’s in 2002 when we were turning over Four million pounds annually.  At that time he was the only person in accounts. Tony has played a significant part in our growth to a Thirty five million pound turnover business.

Tony’s loyalty and wish to support us has being unquestionable throughout the whole of his 19 years with us. On behalf of myself, Mick and the other directors I would like to thank him for his support throughout the time he has been part of the team and wish him good luck in his retirement.”

O’Brien Secure Contract at Stoneleigh Park National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre

O’Brien Contractors have successfully secured a contract with the Mars Pension Trust at their event centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The project delivering temporary laydown areas for future events, infrastructure, plus upgrades to the existing sewerage system are required by the park as it is being severely affected by the HS2 development. The proposed rail line splits the site into two and stagnates the northern part of the facility whilst the HS2 construction operations are being carried out.

To maintain the operating capabilities of the business, alternative areas for event space and new traffic routes are required. Also the existing drainage system is currently being infiltrated by ground water, and our works on site will include upgrades to the system to alleviate these issues.

Stoneleigh Park National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre is the location for a wide variety of popular events, including a range of exhibitions, outdoor agricultural and equestrian events, conferences and shows, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Park each year.

O’Brien will act as Principal Contractor and Designer on the project.

The project commences February with a 16 week programme.



O’Brien Charitable Trust Dartmouth Holiday Raffle Result!

Congratulations to Maggie Ellis at Hilltop Farm Shop Leamington Spa, who is the winner of our fabulous Dartmouth Holiday!

The raffle ticket was drawn just before lunchtime on 07 December.

Maggie wins a holiday at this fabulous 4 bed holiday home right next to the wonderful Dartmouth foreshore with stunning views by day and by night and is over the moon about it!

£1,750 was raised from the sale of the tickets.


From the O’Brien Team.

O’Brien Support Veseyans Rugby Club in time for Christmas!

Local grass roots sports clubs play a huge part in local communities and are needed more than ever in the current circumstances. Veseyans Rugby have over 350 children at their club along with three senior teams and they have put in place stringent social distancing measures to allow training to continue, unfortunately the additional traffic and segregated parking meant that the existing roadways were inadequate.

With the help of Paul McGowan Grab Hire Ltd we are on site this week supporting the club by constructing new roads and upgrading the existing to ensure they can continue to operate and have a great start to 2021.

It might also come in handy if Santa needs an emergency landing strip next week!!

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021.

Veseyan’s Rugby Club Commented:

As we look forward to a return to rugby soon as safe and possible we are still working hard behind the scenes to keep your club in great shape for the next year.

We have always been very lucky to have some great sponsors and our friends at O’Brien Contractors are working down at the club this week extending our roadway to improve the parking facilities on busy Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

Club Chairman Marc Hemingway stated, “We are massively grateful to Tony Mitchell and all at O’Briens for getting this work done for us in the current economic climate, and we are delighted to have you on board as club sponsors this season.”

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.”