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Developing systems engineering skills

Developing systems engineering skillsThe Laing O’Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation is giving engineers the skills they need to deliver major construction and infrastructure projects in the 21st century.

30 Mar 2015


Carrie rises to the challenge

Carrie rises to the challengeSenior quantity surveyor, Carrie Ng, is meeting the daily challenges of a Hong Kong tunnel project and is eager to take on more by working in a new country.

23 Mar 2015


Apprentices top out London's landmark new cancer centre

Apprentices top out London's landmark new cancer centreWatch a video of our apprentices explaining how it feels to be part of the £160m new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital project

12 Mar 2015


Sports facilities bringing new life to Manchester’s communities

Sports facilities bringing new life to Manchester’s communitiesManchester City Council’s Head of Sport explains how a suite of new leisure facilities across Manchester is placing sport at the heart of regeneration.

11 Mar 2015


Camila’s mission to make a difference

Camila’s mission to make a differenceTo highlight International Women’s Day we talk to sustainability and environmental manager Camila Bernal, who is among an increasing number of women making a successful career in construction.

06 Mar 2015


Perfect partner for Imperial College’s new campus

Perfect partner for Imperial College’s new campusWe’re providing the experience and the right solutions to build a Research and Translation Hub at the Imperial West development in White City, London

24 Feb 2015


On the road to success with Stabilor

On the road to success with StabilorLiquid additive that improves construction site road surfaces is a “real engineering advantage” that will please customers and bring in new revenue around the world

16 Feb 2015


Expanding cancer treatment in Scotland

Expanding cancer treatment in ScotlandLaing O’Rourke Project Manager Martin Whitton reveals his role in helping more people battle life-threatening illness, through the delivery of a new satellite radiotherapy treatment centre.

11 Feb 2015


Improving rail infrastructure at Stafford

Improving rail infrastructure at StaffordA unique collaboration between contractors is working to eliminate the last major bottleneck on the West Coast Main Line.

30 Jan 2015


A fitting new home for Manchester's cenotaph

A fitting new home for Manchester's cenotaphA highly specialised and historically sensitive workforce was vital to relocate Manchester’s cenotaph before the centenary events marking 100 years since the First World War.

13 Jan 2015


Product tracking system is a game changer

Product tracking system is a game changerTeams across Laing O’Rourke have come together to create a better, faster process

09 Jan 2015


Working beneath London

Working beneath LondonBeneath the streets of London we are busy on major projects to improve the transport infrastructure. Watch our animation to find out more about our underground work in one of the world’s busiest cities.

22 Dec 2014


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Improving water quality on Mull

Improving water quality on MullWorking with the community delivered high quality water for the Scottish island of Mull

22 Dec 2014


Metrolink trains running early

Metrolink trains running earlyLaing O’Rourke’s work with MPT partners means Manchester Metrolink’s Airport line has opened more than a year ahead of schedule.

18 Dec 2014


The people behind the project

The people behind the project Jess Unwin meets Beverley Morrison, Administrative assistant, part of the team delivering York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering in Canada

17 Dec 2014


The people behind the project

The people behind the projectJess Unwin meets Reece Jones, Commercial manager, part the team delivering York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering in Canada

17 Dec 2014


The people behind the project

The people behind the project Jess Unwin meets Tony Wilkinson, Commercial lead, part of the team delivering York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering in Canada

17 Dec 2014


Electrifying Australia's rail network

Electrifying Australia's rail networkElectric freight trains today began operating along the newly electrified line between the Rolleston coal mine and the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal in Australia.

15 Dec 2014


A year as an apprentice

A year as an apprenticeChloe Atkins, based in Cardiff with Crown House Technologies (CHt), tells Infoworks about her first year of training in heating and ventilation on the Apprenticeship+ programme.

04 Dec 2014


Keeping the lights on

Keeping the lights onWhen constructing around a live hospital, good relationships are crucial.

19 Nov 2014


Smart construction gets off the ground

Smart construction gets off the groundThree levels out of the seven are now off the ground at Blacktown Hospital and the work in progress shows how Laing O’Rourke is intelligently transforming the delivery of healthcare solutions.

05 Nov 2014


Inspired to learn

Inspired to learnThe completion of Salford’s Building Schools for the Future has created more innovative, inspiring learning environments across the city

30 Oct 2014


Digging for iron ore

Digging for iron oreA skilled workforce and advanced construction techniques are the key to our success in Australia’s iron ore mining industry, delivering engineering excellence in remote and often inhospitable conditions.

27 Oct 2014


A school for future world leaders

A school for future world leadersThe Blavatnik School of Government is designed to develop some of the world’s brightest minds.

21 Oct 2014


Maintaining Queensland's rail fleet

Maintaining Queensland's rail fleetWe’re building a state-of-the–art maintenance centre to service the Australian state’s fleet of 75 new trains

16 Oct 2014


Construction on a nanoscale

Construction on a nanoscaleThe future will see the construction industry using particles up to 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair which could make glass self-cleaning, surfaces disinfect themselves or ultrathin but extraordinarily insulating materials

14 Oct 2014


Leading the way through innovation

Leading the way through innovationInnovative use of technology such as 3D printing has propelled Laing O’Rourke onto Australia’s BRW Most Innovative Companies 2014 list

10 Oct 2014


Building dementia-awareness into design

Building dementia-awareness into designHealth sector leader Stuart McArthur explains why considering the needs of dementia patients is increasingly important in NHS construction projects

01 Oct 2014


Building a house of wax

Building a house of waxAn innovative arts project in the London Borough of Southwark is providing new skills to local people

30 Sep 2014


Providing school places for Greater Manchester

Providing school places for Greater ManchesterWork has been completed on two important primary school building projects and children are now learning in new, modern facilities built using the latest construction techniques

23 Sep 2014


An Olympic legacy for London

An Olympic legacy for LondonLaing O’Rourke will create a digital and technology hotspot at the former London 2012 Olympic Games site

11 Sep 2014


Digital Engineering wins consultancy contract with MTR, Hong Kong

Digital Engineering wins consultancy contract with MTR, Hong KongThe Digital Engineering team has successfully won a consultancy contract with Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) corporation. This great result adds to a further two digital engineering consultancy contracts with the Department of Defence, Australia and Network Rail, UK signifying our growing digital engineering capability and service offering.

10 Sep 2014


Ken Dodd goes back to school

Ken Dodd goes back to schoolComedy Legend Ken Dodd OBE went back to school this week with Laing O'Rourke's Alder Hey in the Park team, as they opened a new sensory garden at Ken's old primary school.

05 Sep 2014


Giving back

Giving backMatthew Fitch has raised thousands for charity and hopes to inspire Laing O’Rourke colleagues to do the same

26 Aug 2014


A day in the life

A day in the lifeVinnie Arpino, 58, is a concrete supervisor at the Alder Hey in the Park Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. His twin brother, Tony, features in ‘A day in the life’ in issue 2, 2014 of Infoworks magazine

28 Jul 2014


My Leadenhall experience

My Leadenhall experienceHear from the people who built the new iconic building on the London skyline as it reaches practical completion.

23 Jul 2014


Award-winning architecture at Oxford Brookes

Award-winning architecture at Oxford BrookesThe John Henry Brookes Building at Oxford Brookes University has provided an outstanding new heart for the academic institution

17 Jul 2014


Alder Hey in the Park marks one year until completion

Alder Hey in the Park marks one year until completionAfter just over a year onsite, last week Alder Hey - one of Europe’s busiest children’s hospitals - celebrated the half way point of construction of their brand new hospital, joining Laing O’Rourke for the construction’s topping out ceremony.

08 Jul 2014


Smart Site

Smart SiteCrossrail Custom House station showcases new innovative ways of working.

06 Jun 2014


Rapid ascent at The Leadenhall Building

Rapid ascent at The Leadenhall BuildingSome of the World’s fastest lifts will swiftly move City workers around the 224m tall Leadenhall Building.

09 May 2014


Midnight manoeuvre

Midnight manoeuvreThe £19m transformation of a Victorian railway station in Altrincham, Greater Manchester into a modern transport hub reached a significant milestone this April.

25 Apr 2014


Enterprise Ireland Interview Ray O'Rourke

Enterprise Ireland Interview Ray O'RourkeRay O'Rourke Interviewed by Enterprise Ireland

15 Apr 2014


Heads up on vehicle safety

Heads up on vehicle safetyA Mercedes Econic tipper vehicle featuring enhanced driver visibility is being trialled by Laing O'Rourke and Select.

11 Apr 2014


Affordable homes for Barking

Affordable homes for BarkingLaing O’Rourke builds 201 homes in the first privately funded social housing scheme.

08 Apr 2014


52-storeys up

52-storeys upHow to position 410 tonnes of plant through the roof of one of London’s tallest buildings.

07 Apr 2014


Innovation on show

Innovation on showNow in its second year, the Doctoral Conference showcased some of the exciting research being conducted by Laing O’Rourke’s doctoral students

01 Apr 2014


Manchester Central Library is reborn

Manchester Central Library is rebornAfter four years, Manchester Central Library re-opened its doors to the public on Saturday 22 March, received by the public and media with huge praise.

28 Mar 2014


Life on site

Life on siteManny Neves describes the surprising comfort of accommodation villages.

18 Mar 2014


CiTB skills funding for Stoke-on-Trent students

CiTB skills funding for Stoke-on-Trent studentsStudents set to contribute to the regeneration of their city, after Laing O’Rourke and specialist college secure £75,000 funding boost

28 Feb 2014


In the digital age

In the digital ageAs group chief information officer, Ryan Macnamee is responsible for setting and implementing Laing O’Rourke’s technology strategy. Here, he talks about modernising the company’s IT and the cutting-edge systems and devices that are transforming the global construction industry.

24 Feb 2014


Beneath the surface

Beneath the surfaceThis year, Laing O’Rourke will ramp up delivery on three of Hong Kong’s most significant and complex rail infrastructure projects for client MTR. Contracts 811A and 810B, worth nearly HK$8bn in total, focus on the construction of the northern and southern sections of the West Kowloon Terminus (WKT), which is set to become the world’s largest underground terminal, connecting Hong Kong to mainland China via the Express Rail Link (XRL).

21 Feb 2014


Teams prepare for nighttime bridge work

Teams prepare for nighttime bridge workTeams prepare to work through the night to limit the impact of bridge construction on motorists on Britain’s second most congested stretch of road.

18 Feb 2014


Power of the wind

Power of the windThe team at Beckton Sewage Treatment Works is helping Thames Water reduce its carbon footprint through the installation of a wind turbine.

12 Feb 2014


High voltage challenge for A453 widening

High voltage challenge for A453 wideningAs the widening of the A453 in Nottinghamshire continues we are overcoming the challenges of working alongside a major power station

06 Feb 2014


Australian business in good shape

Australian business in good shapeAlmost a decade after opening its Australian division, Laing O’Rourke’s performance is strong

24 Jan 2014


First step on the ladder

First step on the ladderSince it was introduced in 2010, the popularity of Laing O’Rourke’s cadet programme has burgeoned, to the point where 400 young people applied for the 40 vacancies in 2013.

18 Dec 2013


Transforming the future

Transforming the futureOn a sunny day in Nottingham, children at Nethergate School crunch, splash, peer and gasp: filling their senses with the delights of a brand new garden designed just for them – and at no cost to the school.

05 Dec 2013


An ambition to enhance society

An ambition to enhance societySakthy Selvakumaran joined Laing O’Rourke’s Engineering Excellence Group in October

29 Nov 2013


Model approach

Model approachLaing O’Rourke is building the first ever complete, object-based 3D digital model of London’s Waterloo station for Network Rail.

26 Nov 2013


£150m road widening scheme gets underway

£150m road widening scheme gets underwayA road scheme, anticipated for over 20 years, has begun.

21 Nov 2013


Five minutes with...

Five minutes with...We meet Simon Jenner, a commercial sector expert who brings years of experience to Laing O’Rourke.

19 Nov 2013


Giving youth a chance in construction

Giving youth a chance in constructionThe construction industry is crying out for talent in the UK and Laing O’Rourke is taking a proactive approach.

13 Nov 2013


Birmingham Students Given Access to Leadenhall Building

Birmingham Students Given Access to Leadenhall BuildingEarlier this week, Laing O’Rourke’s Leadenhall Building team gave three excited students from South & City College Birmingham exclusive access to one of London’s largest construction sites.

07 Nov 2013


Bringing Southeast Asia to Chester

Bringing Southeast Asia to ChesterAs Laing O'Rourke begins constructing the UK’s first zoo boat ride, Chester Zoo Development director Simon Mann discusses bringing south east Asia to the north of England with the £30m Islands project.

01 Nov 2013


A moment in time - Selfridges department store

A moment in time - Selfridges department storeCelebrating 10 years since the opening of Selfridges department store in Birmingham.

24 Oct 2013


Young people urged to seize career opportunities

Young people urged to seize career opportunitiesPaul Smith, head of global talent, explains why graduates and new recruits should always focus on career development

03 Oct 2013


Building the future of healthcare

Building the future of healthcareNew building methods and innovative financing are helping the sector develop modern facilities at a time when healthcare needs are changing and budgets are tight.

02 Oct 2013


Holding on to top talent

Holding on to top talentKeeping the best people at Laing O’Rourke is one of Paul Smith’s key aims. Read part two of Paul's three part interview.

10 Sep 2013


High Speed Carousel at EIP almost triples productivity

High Speed Carousel at EIP almost triples productivityThe right combination of technology, processes and people has meant production at Explore Industrial Park has risen dramatically.

14 Aug 2013


Moving to another country offers career boost

Moving to another country offers career boostRelocating for new roles within Laing O’Rourke’s international network is benefiting both the company and the people who make the move.

14 Aug 2013


Growing demand for modular building services

Growing demand for modular building servicesCrown House Technologies has moved to a larger facility as orders for its factory-made building services continue to grow, evidence that modular building is proving more popular to clients.

14 Aug 2013


Bison is key to manufacturing future

Bison is key to manufacturing futureThe Group has added Bison precast to greatly enhance its manufacturing capability across all sectors of the market. The Bison product set will complement that of Explore Manufacturing.

14 Aug 2013


Manufacturing the world's most robust sleepers

Manufacturing the world's most robust sleepersAustrak manufactures railway sleepers for services ranging from the Melbourne metro system to the heavy loads of the iron ore industry.

14 Aug 2013


Juggler improves efficiency at Trinity Leeds

Juggler improves efficiency at Trinity LeedsAn online delivery schedule programme helps reduce traffic congestion and increases productivity on shopping complex project.

01 Aug 2013


Revolutionising Australias oil and gas sector

Revolutionising Australias oil and gas sectorLaing O’Rourke is helping to drive forward the oil and gas sector in Australia through a partnership with technology giant Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

26 Jul 2013


A matter of priority

A matter of priorityLaing O’Rourke’s education team look at what the UK’s Priority School Building Programme means for the future of school building in England – and set out how standard solutions will truly drive efficiencies. By Dorothy Lepkowska.

25 Jul 2013


Laing O’Rourke backs disaster relief charity RedR

Laing O’Rourke backs disaster relief charity RedRWorldwide construction charity helps disaster zones across the world get back on their feet

07 Jun 2013


Ambition to change gains traction

Ambition to change gains tractionFirst word for April 2013 from Anna Stewart, CEO.

01 May 2013


Under new Stewartship

Under new StewartshipAnna Stewart never imagined herself in one of the construction industry’s highest-profile roles, but a passion for knowledge and determination to succeed has seen her take over as Laing O’Rourke’s Group chief executive.

26 Apr 2013


A note from the chairman

A note from the chairmanAnna Stewart’s appointment as Group CEO was announced on 4th December 2012 and we are working in ‘harness’ to effect a smooth transition on or before 31st March 2013.

16 Apr 2013


We built this city

We built this cityIn an age of e-commerce and out-of-town shopping, is there a future for city centre retail? Land Securities, the UK’s biggest commercial landlord, believes there is.

15 Apr 2013


A perfect start to a career

A perfect start to a careerWith so many options and advice for school leavers, it’s no surprise it’s a stressful and confusing time. More often than not further education is pushed above other options. But is this the only route to being successful?

27 Mar 2013


Phill Thompson Apprentice Video Diary

Phill Thompson Apprentice Video DiaryIn the second of our features to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve given one of our current apprentices the chance to tell you, in his own words, all about his role and everyday challenges.

12 Mar 2013


Scale of well being

Scale of well beingLaing O’Rourke’s first Canadian venture also happens to be one of the biggest hospital projects in construction history. A year into delivery, discover why the CHUM is poised for big things.

06 Feb 2013


Redrawing the threat picture

Redrawing the threat pictureThe risks facing today’s global businesses require increasingly sophisticated methods of protection, explains Anton Setchell, Laing O’Rourke’s global head of security. -

24 Jan 2013


Manchester Metrolink leads the way for UK’s light rail

Manchester Metrolink leads the way for UK’s light railWhile other light rail schemes stalled, Manchester resolved to add new dimensions to its Metrolink network. Laing O’Rourke and its MPT partners are stretching their skills to speed this complex project to its destination.

19 Oct 2012


Select Logistics Set the Standard

Select Logistics Set the StandardWith increasing demand for bigger and better builds at lower cost and more clients turning to Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), Laing O’Rourke is responding to the pressing need for more innovative and cost-, time- and energy-efficient logistics solutions.

10 Oct 2012


Building the future

Building the futureConfidence in cost savings has never been more important – and Laing O’Rourke’s DfMA approach is delivering a level of clarity ahead of its competitors.

14 Sep 2012


Sustainable success is invisible

Sustainable success is invisibleAhead of the launch of the Green Deal, CEO of the UK Green Building Council Paul King sets out his vision of a more sustainable built environment.

12 Sep 2012


Chain reaction

Chain reactionInnovation comes from collaboration across a diverse, industry-wide team of organisations, as Laing O’Rourke understands.

11 Sep 2012


Marine expertise supports global port expansions

Marine expertise supports global port expansionsGlobalisation, increasing energy demands and environmental changes continue to drive the market for ports and related infrastructure. Laing O’Rourke’s 30-year history in marine engineering is helping it design and build the best facilities.

10 Sep 2012


Programme Management Excellence at the Olympic Games

Programme Management Excellence at the Olympic GamesIn a career spanning 44 years, Howard Shiplee has steered major projects throughout the world. He joined Laing O’Rourke as an executive director in 2011, following five years in one of his more challenging roles – director of construction for the ODA.

06 Jul 2012


Australias engine room

Australias engine roomIn Western Australia’s Pilbara region, Laing O’Rourke is helping some of the world’s mining giants make the most of a resources gold rush.

27 Apr 2012


Overcoming the skills shortage in Australia

Overcoming the skills shortage in AustraliaIn the midst of a skills shortage, how will the industry respond to Australia’s growing demand for improved infrastructure? Annabel Crookes, Laing O’Rourke general manager for Human Capital and Legal explains how the business is tackling the challenge.

05 Apr 2012


Thames sewage system gets innovative upgrade

Thames sewage system gets innovative upgradeThere’s no room for compromise when expanding the UK’s largest sewage treatment works. Fortunately, Laing O’Rourke’s Design for Manufacture and Assembly approach is exceeding expectations on cost, programme and safety.

05 Apr 2012


Office Work

Office WorkSecuring the contract to construct The Leadenhall Building has confirmed Laing O’Rourke’s position as a top-tier player in the commercial office sector.

24 Feb 2012


Planting the seed

Planting the seedLaing O’Rourke’s modular plantroom innovation could revolutionise everything from selecting components to how a building performs.

11 Feb 2012


Opportunity knocks for Laing O' Rourke's young intake

Opportunity knocks for Laing O' Rourke's young intakeAgainst a backdrop of rising tuition fees and an increasingly competitive job market, the future can look daunting for today’s school leavers. So how will the industry continue to attract and develop the brightest talent?

06 Jan 2012


A new solution?

A new solution?With the debate over the merits of public private partnerships (PPPs) more pertinent than ever, head of Explore Investments Lisa Scenna discusses the benefits of a PFI model to clients and tax payers.

05 Jan 2012


Engineering an icon

Engineering an iconInnovative thinking meets modern technology, as Laing O'Rourke undertakes the complex task of transforming the iconic Manchester Central Library.

05 Jan 2012


Making the grade

Making the gradeBusinesses can both challenge and support education through expertise and active involvement, says school principal Guy Hutchence.

18 Oct 2011


Adventures in construction

Adventures in constructionOn the 10th anniversary of the Laing Construction acquisition, Ray O’Rourke KBE, chairman and chief executive of Laing O’Rourke, talks exclusively and candidly.

14 Oct 2011


An Education in Construction

An Education in ConstructionThe ink on the final account is barely dry, but already schoolchildren in New South Wales are thriving in new learning environments, thanks to the ingenuity of one Laing O’Rourke team.

14 Oct 2011


Eureka! How Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing the industry

Eureka! How Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing the industryThe widespread adoption of Building Information Modelling is the light bulb moment the construction industry has been waiting for. Ali Valentine reports.

13 Oct 2011


Building communities through sustainable procurement

Building communities through sustainable procurementThe benefits of sustainable procurement can be as much financial as social, with the drive to support local enterprises balanced with the need to make cost savings. Philip Aldrick reports.

12 Oct 2011


Good track record in rail

Good track record in railLaing O’Rourke has an enviable history and strong set of capabilities in the global rail sector that, until now, it has modestly kept under its hardhat.

05 Oct 2011


The Green Olympics

The Green OlympicsWith a year to go until the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the site in East London is literally coming to life.

30 Jun 2011


Field of Dreams

Field of DreamsAustralia’s oil and gas fields offer multi-billion-dollar opportunities for the construction sector, and Terry Bayliff is poised to help Laing O’Rourke take advantage.

04 Apr 2011


In with the old

In with the oldAs UK attention turns to refurbishment as an affordable way to create new building spaces, Laing O’Rourke is well placed to lend an experienced hand.

31 Mar 2011


The data today

The data todayBeing in the right place at the right time has helped Laing O’Rourke capitalise on the demand for data centres.

15 Dec 2010


Modern healthcare

Modern healthcareAnyone who keeps up with current affairs will know that healthcare is a hot topic.

05 Nov 2010


Shop tactics

Shop tacticsFew industries have been left unscathed by the economic downturn, but the retail construction sector appears to be making small steps towards recovery.

13 Oct 2010


The power of good

The power of goodNuclear power stations are still a hotly debated energy source in Australia, but Laing O’Rourke is at the forefront of a new development in power supply.

02 Apr 2010


Evolving innovation

Evolving innovationLaing O’Rourke has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Steetley delivering precast and preassembled buildings/materials to a cost, time and spec with which traditional techniques cannot compete.

01 Apr 2010