Friday, March 13, 2015
Laing O’Rourke Australia: Paving the Way for New Construction Technology
Laing O’Rourke is a London-based multinational construction company with a second headquarters in Australia. The company’s Australian hub manages the businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the rest of South East Asia. The Australian expansion happened when the company acquired the Australian company Barclay Mowlem in 2006.
The company was founded in 2001 when Ray O’Rourke of O’Rourke and Son bought out Laing Construction. In 2004, the company also acquired mechanical and electrical engineering company Crown House Engineering, widening the range of services they offer.
Laing O’Rourke Australia recently made it to the Business Review Weekly’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in 2014. This is because of the FreeFABª Was technology they have developed in order to lower the cost of concrete moulding. This precast moulding technique uses a construction-scale 3D printer and customized wax to create the concrete moulds. This makes it cheaper and quicker to produce.