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Laing O'Rourke’s transport project experience is extensive, and we have played a leading role in the construction and maintenance of some of the most challenging schemes globally across the aviation, highways, marine and rail sectors.


Our deep portfolio includes Heathrow Terminals 5 and 2A, Dubai Airport, Brisbane Airport, the M1 Motorway, Lawrence Hargrave Drive in NSW, rail upgrades on the passenger networks of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland and St Pancras International Railway Station. We understand the unique issues facing transport operators, and work closely with them and the commissioning agencies to deliver safe and fit-for-purpose transport systems, minimising the disruption to commuters and maximising the return on capital investment. 


Our aviation projects are delivered in often highly complex ‘live’ transport environments, demanding outstanding logistics management to ensure schemes are completed on time and on budget, safeguarding the reputations of some of the world’s largest public and private sector transport infrastructure providers.  

Our expertise in the design and delivery of major airport terminals is unrivalled. Our meticulous approach to planning, design and construction has been central to the success of some of the world’s most advanced airports. Much of the work has to be completed ‘airside’ and our programme management skills are indispensible in controlling delivery of multi-faceted projects to exacting specifications, invisibly and with minimal disruption to air passengers. 


With major marine projects in the UK and Australia, we are building an enviable reputation in this dynamic growth market. Our capabilities range from heavy civil engineering to operational maintenance works, and are supported by a team of world-leading experts ranked as the most accomplished professionals in their field. Our innovative engineering services cover all aspects of port handling and waterfront infrastructure, including the installation of quay walls, bulk-handling berths and jetties, and container and material handling equipment.


As a dominant rail infrastructure provider we are engaged on a variety of projects in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. These range from urban commuter-service upgrades to cross-country heavy haul rail lines for the transportation of natural resources and industrial products. These major multi-disciplinary projects involve programme management, civil engineering and tunnelling, track installation, electrification services, signalling, rail systems and maintenance services for scores of unique rail systems worldwide.  Through direct delivery and innovative partnering and joint venture arrangements we construct metro and light rail, underground, mass transit commuter, freight and heavy haul networks in our core geographical markets. 

In Australia our track record in the delivery of mining infrastructure, particularly in enabling the transportation of minerals from pit to port, has made us a highly regarded partner to the world’s largest natural resources-focussed clients, offering end-to-end turnkey solutions in areas like iron ore and coal export. 


Laing O’Rourke offers complete technical and construction services to plan, engineer, construct and upgrade major highway schemes. Our 'design, build and maintain' offering in Highways infrastructure brings our logistics management capabilities to the fore, assuring delivery on time and to budget. Our portfolio of expertise covers the full spectrum of roads, from major multi-lane motorways, bridges and interchanges, to rural bypasses and complex urban networks. Our skilled and multi-disciplinary teams specialise in geotechnical and materials engineering, offsite manufacturing of standard product sets, including bridges, environmental management, public administration and community liaison. As a vertically-integrated contractor, we apply our well-established core processes when managing detailed programmes of work to assure successful outcomes for clients.

Sector facts

Laing O’Rourke was accountable for one third of the multi-billion pound construction project at Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport, the largest in the UK at the time. All 80 major project milestones were met or bettered, and the project was delivered on time and under budget

We deliver rail infrastructure in every operating jurisdiction in our Australian Hub that has rail services, giving us unrivalled experience and seamless accreditation to undertake work in Hong Kong, New Zealand, and every Australian state and territory with rail clientele.

Laing O’Rourke has delivered the last four consecutive port upgrades in the Australian port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal export terminal.

Projects from this sector

Bond Street Station

London. UK


Port Botany Terminal 3

Sydney. Australia


Novo Rail Alliance

Sydney. Australia


Heathrow Terminal 5

London. UK


Farringdon Station

London. UK

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