In the heart of central London, a former mid-20th century postal sorting office is rapidly being transformed into contemporary, steel and glass premium office and leisure space. Retaining the historical character of the building, while making the most of the space, is no mean feat.
Laing O’Rourke in-house specialist Expanded is responsible for the concrete frame of the Shell Centre on London’s Southbank. The existing tower will be left in place, but the rest of the site will be replaced by new offices, shops and restaurants.
The project team is doing vital work to extend Transport for London’s underground network, taking the Northern Line all the way to Nine Elms. Parts of the existing tunnel they are working on date back to 1926.
Along with our joint venture partner, Ferrovial Agroman, we’re delivering the central section, the longest part of London’s 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel – or the ‘super-sewer’ as it has become known. At Kirtling Street in Battersea, the main hub of the 13km central section, a shaft 60m deep with a diameter of 32m wide has been dug for the two tunnel boring machines, Ursula and Millicent to make their ways east and west to Tower Bridge and Fulham.
Our Crossrail projects at Liverpool Street, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Custom House are exciting, not least because of their use of modern technologies. From 3D printers to the use of cameras on drones, these projects are fantastic examples of a 21st-century construction site.
Laing O’Rourke in-house specialist Expanded is currently working on three exciting additions to the skyline of London’s thriving financial district at Canary Wharf. South Quay Plaza, Newfoundland and Wood Wharf will provide spectacular new residential and mixed use facilities for the area when complete.
Laing O'Rourke's Expanded Group are currently working with Lendlease, to build the structure of One Bishopsgate Plaza, a mixed-use development owned by UOL.
Having completed Research and Translation hubs at London’s Imperial College, we are now building a new accommodation block at the White City campus. Take a look at our picture gallery to see what’s been happening.
Delivering a 16-storey commercial building within a tight footprint bounded by Paddington Station and the Grand Union Canal requires complex logistical planning and a collaborative team effort. The project, with its innovative external diagrid structure started on site in 2016 and is due for completion in 2019.
Two Fifty One is re-shaping south London’s skyline and pioneering high rise construction methodology. 70% of the 40-storey frame of this residential project has been built off-site, with one floor completed every 6 days. This has delivered a 60% increase in productivity on site and a 30% overall improvement in programme compared with a traditional in situ approach. Two Fifty One is our DfMA 70:60:30 strategy in action.
This prestigious residential Mayfair project set a new benchmark in efficiency, speed and quality. Take a look inside with one of our early talent employees, who shares her thoughts on the project and journey on our successful college and school leaver programme.
Keeping London's lights on is no easy task - especially when you are upgrading a substation that generates 25% of London's electricity. From flicking the kettle on for a cuppa in the afternoon to providing street lighting for your way home after a night out, our team based at Wimbledon keeps London running while ensuring they can future-proof the electricity supply for the capital.
NORTHERN LINE EXTENSION
Two Fifty One
South Quay Plaza, Newfoundland and Wood Wharf
One Bishopsgate Plaza