Award win success for innovation and environmental initiatives


Laing O’Rourke wins accolades at London Construction and TfL supplier awards

Our engineering team is celebrating after winning ‘Product innovation of the Year’ at the London Construction Awards for D-Frame – an innovative solution developed at Laing O’Rourke that could reduce a typical frame programme by around 30% and achieve a 70% reduction in embodied carbon.

Laing O’Rourke’s Engineering Leader, Glen Rust, commented: “D-Frame will change the industry by bringing together digital modelling and manufactured precast components into an innovative solution that allows for a more efficient assembly of the frame of a building. While standardised components are used, thus improving productivity; the system has the flexibility to accommodate architectural complexity.”

The D-Frame solution gives consideration to the entire life-cycle of a building from design, construction and through into end of life, where its demountable design feature will enable the circular economy within the built environment. A prototype was manufactured and assembled at Explore Manufacturing, allowing the team to validate the system and is now ready for deployment.

This is the second industry accolade recognising the innovation behind D-Frame. In October 2019 the solution also picked up the Product Innovation Award at the UK Construction Week awards.

Meanwhile, at the Transport for London supplier awards held last night (27 Oct) Our Ferrovial Agroman/Laing O’Rourke (FLO) team at the Northern Line extension won the ‘Best Environment Initiative’ for mitigating the impact on the environment, residents and the local community during the Kennington station cross passage works. The team opted to use a hybrid generator that is battery powered overnight and uses bio-fuel to power it during the day.

Matt Brinklow, FLO Environment Manager, said “Winning this award is fantastic recognition that the NLE team went the extra mile in trying to minimise the impact of essential, but potentially disruptive, works to the local community and the environment. The project team was prepared to utilise new technologies and could see the big picture benefits of making that investment in order to complete a16-week programme with as little impact on our neighbours as possible.”