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Community services project wins hearts and minds

Community services project wins hearts and mindsA new primary school is just one of the many new facilities in a campus-style development that construction manager John Wasylowski is proud to be part of.

25 May 2016


Day in the life of a logistics manager

Day in the life of a logistics managerJon Holder has just completed a posting as project logistics manager for Laing O’Rourke on the new £160 million cancer centre at Guy’s Hospital, London. Here he tells us about the challenges of working on the busy London site.

11 May 2016


Recruiting for prestigious projects

Recruiting for prestigious projectsWith a series of major projects in the pipeline, in-house business, Expanded, is recruiting for a range of trades roles.

05 May 2016


Top class tower takes off in Sydney

Top class tower takes off in SydneyA new high-rise building will provide much needed office space in a major metropolitan Sydney market.

05 May 2016


A day in the life...Abdullah Padiyath

A day in the life...Abdullah PadiyathAs the pioneer who set up the Employee Welfare Committee to oversee the wellbeing of the company’s workers, Abdullah Padiyath is a welcoming face among Laing O’Rourke’s multicultural workforce.

27 Apr 2016


Developing digitally

Developing digitallyThese days, a social media presence is a vital component of every business’ digital communications strategy, and Laing O’Rourke is determined to be at the forefront of the revolution.

20 Apr 2016


Building bathrooms off site

Building bathrooms off siteIt’s 10 years since we began building bathroom pods in the Middle East for some of the most prestigious buildings in the world. Now, we’ve expanded production to the UK.

13 Apr 2016


Cutting our carbon footprint

Cutting our carbon footprintLaing O’Rourke has committed to slash its carbon footprint as its contribution to the United Nations’ historic Paris Agreement to curb global warming.

11 Apr 2016


A day in the life of a project leader

A day in the life of a project leaderEdwin Thong is our project leader on the Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas project in Western Australia. He sees the chance to oversee taking the present phase of work to its conclusion as an “honour”.

04 Apr 2016


Prestigious Mayfair redevelopment is on track

Prestigious Mayfair redevelopment is on trackThe £150m mixed-use-project includes affordable homes, a new Kennel Club HQ, offices and luxury apartments

23 Mar 2016


Meet Scott Bell, Programme Manager, Apprenticeship+

Meet Scott Bell, Programme Manager, Apprenticeship+Scott talks about the changes to Laing O’Rourke’s Apprenticeship+ programme – and the opportunities it opens up for those looking for a career in construction.

18 Mar 2016


Apprentice progressed to junior engineer

Apprentice progressed to junior engineerContinuing our series of articles coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week, we talk to 21-year-old Billy Davies, who is rapidly developing his career after completing his apprenticeship.

17 Mar 2016


Fitting right in

Fitting right inApprentice joiner Eleanor Grice says that young women should be encouraged to consider a career in construction.

16 Mar 2016


Trusting in apprentices

Trusting in apprenticesAs National Apprenticeship Week continues, we are marking the event with a series of related articles. Today, we meet heating and ventilation apprentice Lucy Hargrave.

15 Mar 2016


Bright spark

Bright sparkAward-winning apprentice electrician Gavin Hogg explains how his training at Laing O’Rourke has helped him learn his trade but has also made him a more confident person.

14 Mar 2016


Making the most of her opportunities

Making the most of her opportunitiesThe career of graduate engineer Michelle Roche is off to a flying start after she spent a year as an apprentice to the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

09 Mar 2016


International Women’s Day - Shine a light on parity - Nadia Savage, Project Director, Laing O'Rourke

International Women’s Day - Shine a light on parity - Nadia Savage, Project Director, Laing O'RourkeOn International Women’s Day, which this year is focusing on gender parity, Nadia Savage says the opportunity for parity is already here, but sadly only a few people realise it.

08 Mar 2016


Collaboration is the name of the game

Collaboration is the name of the gameA game-changing alliance for delivering transport infrastructure projects has been given high-profile recognition by the rail industry.

07 Mar 2016


A school for government

A school for governmentWe’ve produced a gallery of images of the stunning new Blavatnik School of Government, which is an iconic modern building in the heart of historic Oxford.

02 Mar 2016


Building the Francis Crick Institute

Building the Francis Crick InstituteThe iconic Francis Crick Institute is one of the most significant developments in biomedical research for a generation

01 Mar 2016


A day in the life

A day in the lifeJacqueline Minney is a Yamatji Malgana woman who has lived and worked in Aboriginal communities. She is now helping Laing O’Rourke to develop those communities across Australia.

24 Feb 2016


Building roads in Australia

Building roads in AustraliaLaing O’Rourke is helping to connect and decongest Australia’s major cities by developing the country’s road infrastructure

18 Feb 2016


Technical prowess

Technical prowessCrown House Technologies (CHt) is turning technological challenges into opportunities to change the face of the mechanical and electrical industry.

16 Feb 2016


It's a family affair

It's a family affairTrade supervisor John Burke, who has spent his entire working life with Laing O’Rourke, talks about his family’s long-standing relationship with the business and his favourite projects.

10 Feb 2016


Hilton Garden Inn, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai sets a new benchmark for project delivery

Hilton Garden Inn, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai sets a new benchmark for project deliveryOn 22 December 2015, the world’s second largest Hilton Garden Inn, delivered by Laing O’Rourke, opened in Dubai. Delivered in just 18 months, the hotel is now being seen as a new benchmark both for the Hilton brand and Laing O’Rourke’s project delivery model.

08 Feb 2016


Driving improvements in transport and logistics

Driving improvements in transport and logisticsThe Explore Transport joint venture is already making a difference to deliveries to and from our construction sites.

05 Feb 2016


Ten facts about our Alder Hey project

Ten facts about our Alder Hey projectWith patients now moved into the new children’s hospital, here are a few things you may not have known about Laing O’Rourke’s delivery of the project.

04 Feb 2016


Topping-out ceremony at new Imperial College White City Campus

Topping-out ceremony at new Imperial College White City CampusWork is progressing at the £110m west London project to deliver new world-leading facilities for scientists and engineers.

28 Jan 2016


Building a school for engineering

Building a school for engineeringStudents have settled in to the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at Canada’s York University after the completion of a construction project that saw our team working in a live campus environment in sub-zero temperatures.

27 Jan 2016


Accolade for dedicated Diane

Accolade for dedicated DianeAustralian Diane Frey is the winner of the Sitzler Award for Achievement in the Construction Industry By An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Woman, recognising her professionalism and dedication at work. We find out more about her.

21 Jan 2016


Helping to deliver 200,000 in-flight meals a day

Helping to deliver 200,000 in-flight meals a dayLaing O’Rourke is building an extension to the world’s largest flight catering facility at Dubai airport.

19 Jan 2016


Building foundations for a smarter future

Building foundations for a smarter futureWe look at how the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology is helping the industry to embrace change.

16 Dec 2015


End of an era for Paul as Leeds hospital projects complete

End of an era for Paul as Leeds hospital projects completeAfter eight rewarding years leading projects that have helped transform healthcare in Leeds, Paul Brett, project leader for the St James’ electrical infrastructure scheme, is about to leave the city.

09 Dec 2015


First contracts under university framework

First contracts under university frameworkLaing O’Rourke will collaborate with other contractors to deliver £1bn plans to create world-class teaching and research facilities at the University of Manchester.

30 Nov 2015


Mayor of London heralds start of Northern line extension

Mayor of London heralds start of Northern line extensionThe Mayor of London joined our Northern line extension team on Monday (23 November) to mark the start of major works that will see the excavation of 600,000 tonnes of earth from beneath south London for the construction of the Northern line extension.

25 Nov 2015


Laing O’Rourke wins major environment award

Laing O’Rourke wins major environment awardSunSHIFT, the world’s first large-scale, fully deployable solar-diesel hybrid power system, has won a Green Globe Award in Australia.

25 Nov 2015


Building a hospital for my son

Building a hospital for my sonFacilities manager Steve Givin’s 11-year-old son Shea has a rare condition that has taken his ability to see, speak, move and eat. Steve is proud to have been part of the team that built the new Alder Hey hospital where Shea is now being treated.

20 Nov 2015


My pride in Alder Hey

My pride in Alder HeyAs patients move into the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, project leader Dave Saville explains why it is so important to him, his family and the local community.

17 Nov 2015


My first project

My first projectYoung engineer Joe Heptinstall has just finished his first major project since leaving university. Here he tells us what he’s been doing and describes the opportunities he’s had.

13 Nov 2015


Olympic building’s dazzling new look

Olympic building’s dazzling new lookThe first phase of a striking, patterned glass facade has been installed around a huge Olympic Legacy building in East London. We look at the smart approach taken by our team to deliver this complex project.

11 Nov 2015


Complexity of city centre construction in Manchester

Complexity of city centre construction in ManchesterOur current projects in the heart of Manchester highlight the importance of a collaborative approach to overcome the challenge of working in a confined city centre space.

06 Nov 2015


Stronger together

Stronger togetherThe Australia Hub is working with a leading international charity to help communities struck by disaster.

04 Nov 2015


Bronglais Hospital expansion nearing completion

Bronglais Hospital expansion nearing completionWe’re about to complete a major expansion of the Aberystwyth hospital ahead of schedule, providing first-rate medical facilities for the local community.

30 Oct 2015


Meeting our client commitments in Oxford

Meeting our client commitments in OxfordClose collaborative working sees us building on the success of Trinity Leeds as we upgrade the popular Westgate shopping centre.

28 Oct 2015


Craig's dream comes true

Craig's dream comes trueGraduate Craig Bland has achieved his goal of working in construction for Laing O’Rourke with the job of junior section manager on the Levenshulme leisure centre project in Manchester.

22 Oct 2015


Student’s designs on a Laing O’Rourke future

Student’s designs on a Laing O’Rourke future As a young architecture student, Matteo Rossetti took part in a site visit at the Francis Crick Institute while studying for his degree. Two years on and he’s working full time for Laing O’Rourke.

15 Oct 2015


Pacific Highway upgrade underway

Pacific Highway upgrade underwayLaing O’Rourke, as part of the Pacific Complete consortium, is partnering with Roads and Maritime Services to help deliver the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade by 2020.

09 Oct 2015


Targeting opportunities in Western Australia

Targeting opportunities in Western AustraliaStuart Crofts recently joined Laing O’Rourke’s Australia Hub as Western Region Director, tasked with growing the business in Western Australia. Infoworks reveals what he has in mind.

07 Oct 2015


Completing the huge APLNG project

Completing the huge APLNG projectA major three-year project to build gas processing facilities in Queensland for Australia Pacific LNG will be completed this month, ahead of schedule.

02 Oct 2015


Admirable approach at Admiralty

Admirable approach at AdmiraltyInternational award nominations recognise the challenges and complexity of the underground extension to Hong Kong’s Admiralty Station, which included blasting under a live rail tunnel.

30 Sep 2015


A vision for ‘doing safety differently’

A vision for ‘doing safety differently’After overseeing a dramatic reduction in accident frequency rates in the company’s Australia Hub, health and safety director John Green is back in Europe with a new approach to safety.

24 Sep 2015


Top of the league for innovation

Top of the league for innovationLaing O’Rourke has once again been named in the BRW list of the top 50 most innovative companies in Australia, featuring at number eight – the same position as last year.

22 Sep 2015


Eight million safe hours

Eight million safe hoursLaing O’Rourke’s Modulor operation in Dubai has reached eight million safe working hours – not one reported accident since Modulor was founded in 2007. How was this achieved?

27 Aug 2015


Smart hats monitor health

Smart hats monitor healthPrototype smart hardhat that monitors the health of construction workers is being put through its paces in Australia.

18 Aug 2015


A day in the life of a plant manager

A day in the life of a plant managerDean Tighe is a plant manager working for Select on the Australia Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas (APLNG) project in Queensland, Australia. The highly experienced 40-year-old joined Select as a field service fitter in 2013 before being promoted to his current role.

13 Aug 2015


Demanding time-line for Middle East hotel project

Demanding time-line for Middle East hotel projectThe first Hilton Garden Inn will soon open its doors for business in Dubai, thanks to Laing O’Rourke’s regional off-site manufacturing capabilities.

04 Aug 2015


The secrets of success at Trinity Leeds

The secrets of success at Trinity LeedsOur Trinity Leeds project has scooped another major international award, so we consider what has made it such a huge success

29 Jul 2015


A453 officially reopens after widening

A453 officially reopens after wideningThe busy A453, which was one of the most congested roads in the UK, has reopened after a £169m widening scheme that will improve traffic flow and reduce accidents.

24 Jul 2015


New chapter for Select Australia

New chapter for Select AustraliaThe new head of Select Plant Hire Australia, Andy Higgs, explains how a number of business improvement initiatives and new work streams will help Laing O’Rourke to stand out from the competition.

24 Jul 2015


Children turn Manchester's Metrolink green

Children turn Manchester's Metrolink greenPupils from St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School got involved with planting at Manchester’s refurbished Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop.

23 Jul 2015


School projects offer young managers a chance to learn

School projects offer young managers a chance to learnEngineers Bobby Jackson and David Linderman are taking on their first project manager roles, on the Manchester Schools programme, as part of our drive to develop young talent in the industry.

17 Jul 2015


The political view

The political viewGavin Devine, CEO of MHP Communications, considers what the construction sector can expect from the next five years.

16 Jul 2015


Transferring LNG expertise to Canada

Transferring LNG expertise to CanadaTake a look at our infographic, which shows how our journey in Australia’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector has led to our first LNG contract in Canada.

10 Jul 2015


Australia's Aboriginal training programmes praised

Australia's Aboriginal training programmes praisedGovernment officials working to provide jobs for Aboriginal People on liquefied natural gas projects in Canada travelled to Australia to learn from Laing O’Rourke’s experience with Aboriginal Australian People.

07 Jul 2015


Architecture award for new cancer centre

Architecture award for new cancer centreThe new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital in London has won the ‘Best ideas or new concept’ category at the Architects for Health Design Awards.

02 Jul 2015


Focus on sustainability during EPIC week

Focus on sustainability during EPIC weekA no-fly day to cut CO2 emissions, sharing secret skills with colleagues, promoting a new technology platform for innovative ideas and announcing RedR as the new corporate charity were just some of the activities and events during the Australia Hub’s recent EPIC week.

25 Jun 2015


Raising your game

Raising your gameOn National Women in Engineering Day Katie Kelleher, a lifting technician who operates a 60-tonne crane on our Crossrail project, urges other women to consider a career in construction.

22 Jun 2015


Supporting Manchester Day

Supporting Manchester DayWe sponsored Manchester Day and took part in the annual event with construction-themed activities designed to inspire young people

22 Jun 2015


Building to beat cancer

Building to beat cancerCreating a new cancer treatment facility can be rewarding but very challenging – we find out what makes Laing O’Rourke a leader in the field.

19 Jun 2015


Stabilising talent

Stabilising talentThrough our Graduate Development Programme Hannah Amos is enjoying a range of experiences and opportunities at our innovative Australian company Stabilor.

10 Jun 2015


Offsite: upskilling industry's supply chain

Offsite: upskilling industry's supply chainAlan Clucas, director of Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Manufacturing, explains why supply chain engagement and education in offsite methodologies is essential for the industry to meet the targets of the Construction 2025 strategy.

03 Jun 2015


The power of change

The power of changeTwo members of the power team talk about their work in this challenging and increasingly significant sector.

02 Jun 2015


Bond Street project wins Gold Award

Bond Street project wins Gold AwardA major remodelling project for London Underground’s Bond Street station upgrade has won a prestigious Considerate Constructors Gold Award.

26 May 2015


New leisure centre pathway will attract more wildlife

New leisure centre pathway will attract more wildlifeOur leisure centre construction team community conservationists create a new wildlife-friendly pathway.

19 May 2015


Supporting our service leavers

Supporting our service leaversLaing O’Rourke’s new relationship with the Career Transition Partnership will drive recruitment and help highly skilled ex-service personnel return to civvy street

12 May 2015


Children's hospital with heart of Gold

Children's hospital with heart of GoldOur Alder Hey in the Park team has been recognised with a Gold award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

30 Apr 2015


Modelling the future

Modelling the futureAs new studies suggest industry needs more clarity on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the UK Government’s 2016 target approaches, James Eaton, our Group head of digital engineering, explains the advantages it has already brought to Laing O’Rourke.

30 Apr 2015


Maintenance project wins Gold Award for second consecutive year

Maintenance project wins Gold Award for second consecutive yearAn ongoing project to repair and maintain two motorway crossings over the River Severn has won its second Gold award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

30 Apr 2015


Considerate constructors in North Wales

Considerate constructors in North WalesLaing O’Rourke has received a gold award in the Considerate Constructors Scheme awards for our work at a Welsh hospital

28 Apr 2015


New school will be a class act

New school will be a class actLogistics manager Roy Price says the new school and sports facilities in his home town will be second to none.

22 Apr 2015


Facts about our factory

Facts about our factoryOur infographic provides some of the facts and figures about our purpose-built £110m factory in Nottinghamshire.

17 Apr 2015


Inspiring a new generation

Inspiring a new generationLaing O’Rourke is supporting a major initiative to nurture the workforce of tomorrow by teaching schoolchildren about construction

15 Apr 2015


Top choice for graduates

Top choice for graduatesA new survey reveals that Laing O’Rourke is a desirable employer by talented young people. We find out why.

09 Apr 2015


"I'm proud to connect communities"

"I'm proud to connect communities"Senior Quantity Surveyor Alex Symington explains how a major road-widening project in the Midlands is good for the region and local communities, and why it is personally rewarding for him.

02 Apr 2015


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


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