Who are we?

Our History

An overview of some of the key milestones in our journey.

Laing O’Rourke is an international engineering and construction company delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure and buildings projects for clients in the UK, Middle East and Australia.

Certainty, reliability, quality – this is what our clients want, and we have more than 150 years of experience delivering it.

Our highly-trained and committed people understand the challenges of modern construction, the stakeholders involved, and how to work collaboratively to deliver our clients' aims.

We combine our expertise with purposeful technology, deploying innovations like digital engineering and AI to produce powerful results.

By leveraging the right technology we know we can spark positive change for our clients, their projects and the wider industry. That's why our 2025 mission is to be the construction sector's recognised leader for innovation and excellence.

Our Story

Our story is one of energy, passion, ambition, people and teamwork. We harness the power of our experience, stretching back over a century and a half to deliver certainty for our clients.

Laing O’Rourke was formed in 2001, bringing together the experience of the construction arm of John Laing Plc whose origins stretched back to 1848 and R O’Rourke & Son, a regionally based formwork and concrete specialist, founded in 1978. The new business has grown and become a renowned international engineering and construction company.

In the two decades since it was founded, Laing O'Rourke has expanded into new markets and strengthened its project delivery capabilities; pioneering modern methods of construction, adopting purposeful technologies, delivering certainty for clients and constructing some of the most iconic projects in the world.

The growth and success of the business is based on energy, ambition, innovation, our people and teamwork. Across our global business, we have built a reputation of adapting our business model to help our clients achieve their desired outcomes with certainty. It is underpinned by a unique operating model which differs from those of other major contractors and enables us to deliver certainty to clients.

At the core of this model, which has been informed by more than a century of construction experience and honed over a decade, are areas of industry-leading expertise: excellence in engineering; use of digital technologies; and the use of modern construction methods to deliver projects quicker, greener, more safely and to a higher standard.

The company’s process of transformation continues at pace, as it seeks to become the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in a more productive, resilient, sustainable and diverse construction sector.

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We design, manufacture, engineer and build iconic buildings and infrastructure projects.
We are passionate about harnessing innovation, which is why we invest heavily in research and development.
We are creating structures that help to provide a better future for the communities that use them.
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