Photo: O'Malley Groundworks and Plant Hire, Penrith, Cumbria

About the business

Pat O'Malley came to England from County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland in the late fifties to work in the construction industry with his father and brothers. He then started to drive plant and in 1968 decided to buy his own machine - a secondhand JCB 3C for the grand sum of £1,600!

In 1975 he bought a new JCB 3C MkII and, amongst other jobs, worked on the A66 Bassenthwaite Lake Bypass.

In 1979 Pat added to this by purchasing a new JCB 3C MkIII while working on the Appleby Bypass.

In 1985 Pat's next addition to the fleet was a new JCB 3CX Sitemaster, working on various sites for Eden Construction and by then was employing 3 other workers. Since then the firm has grown and now employs about 30 staff, including drivers, ground workers, foremen, plant fitters, yardmen and quantity surveyors and the range of plant has expanded greatly.

As the business has grown from strength to strength, in July 2007, the business went from being a partnership to becoming a limited company. In 2018, we look forward to celebrating 50 years in business.

Logos: Achilles, CHAS, Construction Line, CPA, RHA