We have developed our potential for innovation by establishing a unique in-house consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.
Bringing together some of the industry’s most respected figures, its principal role is to devise engineering strategies that effect positive change and enhance the prestige of our profession.
Working to create superior client solutions and partnering with external consultants at the highest levels, over time the group will drive a significant expansion of Laing O’Rourke’s capabilities, performance, client satisfaction and profitability across our sectors.
Led by experts from key engineering disciplines covering heavy civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical process and manufacturing, the Engineering Excellence Group has four primary roles:
Internal consultancy - an intellectual resource for Laing O’Rourke’s design and delivery businesses, providing the engineering expertise to tackle specific technical challenges on projects and developing alternative methodologies. The emphasis is on innovation, as exemplified on projects such as 122 Leadenhall Street, London Gateway Port and the Francis Crick Institute.
External consultancy - advising and collaborating with valued clients, supply chain, delivery partners, governments and other organisations, including charities and not-for-profit organisations. Proactively devising novel engineering approaches, this approach can be exemplified through our engagement with Atkins to better engineer solutions for the marine and energy markets, geotechnical knowledge-sharing with ARUP and our manhole innovation for Thames Water.
Research and development - innovating across our target sectors and markets, including extending our Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) capabilities into new product areas. Partnering with and supporting some of the world’s leading universities, complemented by our own commercialised in-house research and development capability. Research so far has included wireless distributed sensors in system commissioning (with Imperial College London), phase-change materials for energy storage in buildings (with the University of Oxford) and fibre-optics in tunnelling and deep excavations (with the University of Cambridge).
Supporting education networks - acting as thought leaders to support the development of stimulating education and training programmes that inspire and equip the next generation to be more radical in advancing our innovation agenda. In addition to building on Laing O’Rourke’s existing education platforms, it also supports internal talent development programmes, such as Young Guns and Guns, building skills that will develop tomorrow’s leaders.