What we do

How we deliver

We deliver certainty for our clients based on an operating model that harnesses new technologies to maximise the use of pioneering modern methods of construction. 

Laing O'Rourke

Changing the game

Underpinned by more than 150 years of construction and engineering expertise, our DfMA 70:60:30 approach focuses on manufacturing 70 percent of a project off site, and so improving productivity by 60 per cent and achieving a 30 percent reduction in programme.

Today, this approach is enabling us to deliver our UK projects faster, more safely – with fewer people on site - and greener. In Australia and the Middle East, we are also bringing the benefits of manufactured components to bear on our projects.

During the pandemic the benefits of our modern methods of construction have become more apparent to both public and private sector clients – having been instrumental to our ability to maintain progress on projects through the crisis. As well as boosting productivity, it is the means to creating a sector that is digitally skilled, more diverse and, as a result, more innovative.

To ensure our model delivers the certainty clients need, we have invested in the technology and people to deliver world-class solutions and pioneer new ones:

  • Offsite manufacturing – we have invested £200M to create the Laing O’Rourke Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction in Nottinghamshire. This is the most advanced concrete products manufacturing facility in Europe and has produced precision components for more than 350 UK buildings and infrastructure projects. In the future, it will produce lower carbon products for more of our projects.
  • Digital engineering – thanks to our digital engineers, we build every project twice – virtually and then physically. This allows us to de-risk both the design and construction phases of projects, and once we are on site our digital work packs link models to construction activity to improve productivity.
  • Direct delivery – unlike our competitors in the UK we have an integrated supply chain. This gives us greater visibility of costs, maximises integration across disciplines and minimises risk through the delivery process. We retain the knowledge learned on a project and use it to deliver certainty for our next client.

These solutions and our learnings from developing them are shared with our teams globally to support the maximum use of manufactured components wherever possible.

Modern Methods of Construction

For decades we have refused to accept the limits of traditional construction methods. We have rewritten the rules and re-set the agenda by investing in a pioneering offsite production approach, known as our DfMA 70:60:30, and bringing the benefits of manufactured components to bear on our projects around the world.

Today, this approach is enabling us to construct faster, more safely and more efficiently. It is improving product quality, reducing waste and supporting the creation of a more diverse and digitally-skilled workforce.

Our offsite journey

In July 2019 we celebrated 10 years of production at our advanced offsite construction facility in Nottinghamshire.

In the UK our DfMA 70:60:30 operating model is based on an unrivalled in-house capability in modern methods of construction (MMC). The jewel in our crown is the £200M Laing O’Rourke Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction (CEMC) in Nottinghamshire.

It is Europe’s most advanced concrete products manufacturing facility and employs 400 people, who work closely with our digital engineers and project teams to design and precision manufacture a range of components for use in major building and infrastructure projects.

These include twin walls, floor slabs, pillars, high quality facades and our new digital modular bridges to span roads and railways.

We invested in the CEMC in 2010, and have continued to pioneer modern methods of construction around the globe.

The DfMA 70:60:30 model used in our European projects, allows us to take 70 per cent of the construction offsite into a controlled environment, delivering a 60 per cent improvement in efficiency, and a 30 per cent improvement in project schedule.

As governments seek to turbo charge economic recovery from the pandemic, they rightly see construction as a sector with a vital role to play. To maximise the contribution construction can make, we believe governments and forward-thinking private sector clients must demand the wider use of DfMA and off site manufacturing.

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