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O’Brien Contractors wins £2.4M retirement village contract

Seddon Construction has awarded O’Brien Contractors Limited a £2.4M earthworks and groundworks package for the Westcliffe Extra Care Retirement Village in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

The works to be undertaken by the Midlands-based civil engineering contractor include a cut and fill remodelling of 1,7000m3 of the existing ground profile, with 1,1000m3 of the earthworks arisings being disposed off-site; mass fill concrete foundations; reinforced concrete retaining walls and associated storm and foul drainage, including a large storm water attenuation tank.

The remodelling design works have all been carried out in-house with the control information being fed directly to the GPS guided earthworks plant. This technique is said to ensure accurate excavation of foundations to the required formation levels, without the operative having to leave the cab of the excavator.

The project will involve connection to an existing surface water manhole within the adjacent highway, as well as extensive services installation works.

O'Brien Contractors - Westcliffe retirement village

Artist impression of the Westcliffe project

O’Brien Contractors director Stuart Chamberlain says the company is delighted to, once again, partner with Seddon Construction on such a prestigious development.

Speaking to Ground Engineering, Chamberlain said: “We enjoy a large percentage of repeat business and this results in our early involvement, enabling us to plan projects thoroughly and identify gaps in design information…Early contractor involvement is crucial to the development of most economical critical paths, understanding interfaces with trades that may affect our operations and whose operations we too may affect.

“During a project, we work openly and collaboratively with clients, and through regular site meetings, we continually monitor progress and look further ahead of ourselves in order to manage the information necessary to ensure our continual optimum productivity.”

The regeneration of the former hospital is part of a £100M investment to deliver three new retirement villages for Stoke City Council at sites across the city, namely Blurton, Abbey Hulton and Westcliffe.

Work on the retirement village started in September 2014 and is expected to be completed during 2016.


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