Modern society is changing at a pace not seen since the industrial revolution, representing both threat and opportunity for our industry. While the world’s population rises exponentially, major demographic shifts are transforming global dynamics.
Mass migration to towns and cities, an emerging middle class in developing nations and an ageing population in the western world are placing unprecedented demands on energy, water, food, housing, infrastructure and the environment.
In a time of diminishing natural resources, our sector consumes far more than its fair share. Levels of innovation have not kept pace with the marketplace. As a consequence traditional construction practices are wasteful and inefficient –and the built environment is the single biggest source of global carbon emissions.
It’s time to find a better way.
Clearly city centres and surrounding infrastructure can no longer simply ‘do the job’ by meeting basic standards. Increasingly, our clients are seeking more enlightened thinking.
Businesses like ours have a pivotal role to play in creatively meeting the charge for efficiency and sustainability. That’s why, working with world-leading commercial and academic partners, we’re rethinking the way we design, engineer, construct and operate our buildings and infrastructure.
Laing O’Rourke’s pioneering Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach, together with our continued investment in Building Information Modelling (BIM), offers clients the industry’s most sustainable and efficient engineering solution.
By leading the way, we believe we can attract and nurture a diverse pool of talent – enabling us to remain at the vanguard of best practice long into the future.