Hinkley Point C will be one of the largest infrastructure construction schemes in Europe. Construction will commence shortly with Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke (BYLOR), two of Europe’s most dynamic engineering and construction specialists, working together in joint venture to deliver many of the key structures. But who are Laing O’Rourke? We give you the facts:


Company Size

  • Laing O’Rourke operate through 2 main hubs, the European hub and the Australian hub.
  • 15,234 employees

Notable Projects

  • Atlantis, the Palm
  • London Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Ascot racecourse
  • One Hyde Park, London
  • London 2012
  • Liverpool One
  • Ascot Racecourse

Signature Project

Theme park | MotionGate | Dubai

It is one of the Middle East’s major tourist attractions.

This project is interesting because unusual buildings are having to be constructed, for example traditional Chinese roofs are having to be made out of concrete for the kung foo panda section of the theme park. They also had to build a lake for a ride that would have to hold 30 million litres of water, which they found “demanding”; for this they had to use shotcrete and waterproof concrete.

Building during a Dubai summer has its drawbacks for productivity. Due to the soaring temperatures it is prohibited to work after 12.30pm and even the ice chilled concrete has to be poured during the night shift to avoid it setting too fast. Sandstorms are also common and restrict external works. This year, the holy month of Ramadan commenced in June, which also reduced the working hours, with operatives fasting throughout the day.

Due to the success of the park, we were asked to build two previously unplanned attractions for the Lionsgate IP holder, themed around the Hunger Games movie franchise. These buildings are due to be completed by February 2017. Ultimately, thanks to the hard work and flexible approach of the teams on both construction packages, everything is on schedule for the grand opening – and by all accounts Motiongate will be something special.

Ambitions

  • Support sustainability in construction
  • Sourcing reasonably
  • Protecting biodiversity
  • Eliminating waste

Initiatives

  • Attracting young people
  • Encouraging diversity
  • Engaging their employees

Achievements

  • Outstanding health and safety record across 43million hours worked.
  • Finishing a project 2 months early
  • 2016 Australian construction achievement award
  • Finishing projects under budget