About the company.

Our Mission

The M O’Brien group delivers on its promise to provide its customers with the highest level of service through collaborative working and rigourous quality systems.

Our History

Starting from the humble beginnings of just one 3CX to become a multi discipline Industry service provider and Contractor.

Our staff are hardworking and motivated individuals with a high knowledge of our industry, who are more than happy to help our customers with practical sound advice that comes from experience.

We invest in only the best Machinery to ensure we can provide a quality and reliable service to all of our customers no matter how big or small the Job. M O’Brien can supply a complete solution for Tier 1 Contractors and Land owners. From the demolition of an existing structure, earthworks, and civil engineering works leaving a turn key solution ready for build.

With the wide range of services that we offer, we can offer our clients

  • Nationwide plant hire
  • Nationwide Drainage installation services
  • Earthworks and  site remediation
  • Demolition and Dismantling
  • Muck away services
  • Crushing/ Screening
  • Aggregate supply and haulage
  • Quarry and mineral site management.
  • Landfill and restoration site management

M O’Brien Group is renowned nationwide for its quality of its employees. We only employ the best, reliable and experienced operators to work alongside us. We have worked alongside our operators and site management teams for years and have a strong crew of talented individuals who have the M O’Brien Work ethic and conscientiousness to carry out the task to the highest standard.

Safety is extremely important to us, and if it can’t be done safely we do not do it. We work alongside clients that share our priority of getting everyone home safe each and every day. We are always at the forefront of innovation looking for safer ways to carry out higher risk tasks and have developed many tools that are now common practice in today’s industry.

Michael O’Brien was just 19 years old when he first came over to England. He very quickly found work in the UK construction industry, initially starting out as a ground works labourer. As time went by, young Michael got a hankering to operate the machines and blagged his way into the seat during lunch breaks. During these periods he used to practice hard to perfect his skills and in time he was given his own machine to operate.

In 1990 Michael decided to have a go at machine ownership, and in conjunction with his wife Annamarie, he formed M O’Brien Group starting with M O’Brien Plant hire, which at the time was based in Luton. Michael’s first ever machine was a JCB 3CX, which they ran out of there back garden in the town. As the business expanded they were eventually running no less than 11 JCB’s – still from their garden! As one can imagine the neighbours soon got fed up with the sound of machines firing up at 5am in the morning and the late night sound of sledgehammers and tools clanging as repairs were carried out in preparation for the next day. It was at that time that the company purchased it’s first yard in Markyate, which is currently being refurbished to house the head office and accounts department.

Today the business runs in excess of 400 pieces of equipment, employs 20 office based staff spread between two depots, around 200 plant operators at any one time plus additional supporting plant engineers and yard staff out of their premises near St Albans adjacent to the M1. The business operates not only locally but on a nationwide basis, providing a one stop plant solution to a wide variety of clients including blue-chip company’s such as Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Costain, Carillion, Bam Nuttall, PPS Pipelines, to name but a few.

With the addition of Haulage and Contracting capabilities the group has diversified into a range of construction service providers supplying blue chip clients with our services including Earthworks and land remediation, Drainage installation, Demolition and Dismantling services, Aggregate Supply.

Being an Owner managed multi discipline supplier, we maintain a business ethos based on our core values that have seen the company grow to where we stand today. We care about our people, the communities in which we operate and take pride in the service we provide. Our core staff are long term high calibre individuals employed directly to our businesses who share these values and are responsible for the highly held reputation that the M O’Brien group of companies has earned.

Our Mission

M O’Brien Group takes a professional approach to all of our work and assures the construction industry that they are receiving a high quality service.

Our staff are hardworking and motivated
individuals with a high knowledge of our industry,
who are more than happy to help our customers
with practical sound advice that comes from
experience.
We invest in only the best Machinery to ensure we
can provide a quality and reliable service to all of
our customers no matter how big or small the Job.
M O’Brien can supply a complete solution
throughout our range from 0.5 tonne to 50 tonne
excavators from 1 tonne to 35 tonne dumpers
along with our range of tele-handlers, rollers,
tractors and a huge variety of attachments we can
supply a nationwide complete hire solution.

M O’Brien Group is renowned nationwide for its quality of machine operatives. We only employ the best, reliable and experienced operators to work with our machines. We have worked alongside our drivers for years and have a strong crew of talented individuals who have the M O’Brien Work ethic and conscientiousness to carry out the task to the highest standard.

As a minimum our operators have:

  • CPCS Qualification for specific equipment
  • CPCS Lifting Operations
  • Environmental awareness and best practice
  • Attachment familiarisation
  • Quick hitch identification and safe use training
  • Daily Check’s training
  • On site health and safety
  • Safety Critical Medical and ongoing health screening

Our History

From humble beginnings to offering a top end plant hire experience with high specification and quality guaranteed on any job no matter how large or small.

Michael O’Brien was just 19 years old when he first came over to England. He very quickly found work in the UK construction industry, initially starting out as a ground works labourer. As time went by, young Michael got a hankering to operate the machines and blagged his way into the seat during lunch breaks. During these periods he used to practice hard to perfect his skills and in time he was given his own machine to operate.

In 1990 Michael decided to have a go at machine ownership, and in conjunction with his wife Annamarie, he formed M O’Brien Group starting with M O’Brien Plant hire, which at the time was based in Luton. Michael’s first ever machine was a JCB 3CX, which they ran out of there back garden in the town. As the business expanded they were eventually running no less than 11 JCB’s – still from their garden! As one can imagine the neighbours soon got fed up with the sound of machines firing up at 5am in the morning and the late night sound of sledgehammers and tools clanging as repairs were carried out in preparation for the next day. It was at that time that the company purchased it’s first yard in Markyate, which is currently being refurbished to house the head office and accounts department.

Today the business runs in excess of 400 pieces of equipment, employs 20 office based staff spread between two depots, around 200 plant operators at any one time plus additional supporting plant engineers and yard staff out of their premises near St Albans adjacent to the M1. The business operates not only locally but on a nationwide basis, providing a one stop plant solution to a wide variety of clients including blue-chip company’s such as Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Costain, Carillion, Bam Nuttall, PPS Pipelines, to name but a few.

With the addition of Haulage and Contracting capabilities the group has diversified into a range of construction service providers supplying blue chip clients with our services including Earthworks and land remediation, Drainage installation, Demolition and Dismantling services, Aggregate Supply.

Being an Owner managed multi discipline supplier, we maintain a business ethos based on our core values that have seen the company grow to where we stand today. We care about our people, the communities in which we operate and take pride in the service we provide. Our core staff are long term high calibre individuals employed directly to our businesses who share these values and are responsible for the highly held reputation that the M O’Brien group of companies has earned.

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