Laing O’Rourke is to make 200 employees redundant

Laing O’Rourke is to make 200 employees redundant
Ray O’Rourke

Company says it is restructuring itself into a major engineering enterprise and manufacturing business

The company said: “Laing O’Rourke announced it is consulting with UK-based employees on a proposal to establish a more competitive business structure across its UK operation, ensuring its project delivery teams are supported by a leaner and more operationally- focused functional overhead.

“It is likely that the proposals will result in a reduction in the number of employee roles in its support functions and a streamlining of its regional office networks.

“The company may therefore have to make circa 200 redundancies.

“The proposal will allow the organisation to increase its focus on winning and delivering the £9.2 billion of major projects and strategic frameworks currently on its order book.

“There will be no impact on client service levels as we continue to deliver world-class projects on their behalf.”

The company’s profitable Australian operation was recently put up for sale.

Another key exec quits firm

Group commercial director of Laing O’Rourke Callum Tuckett has left the company just eighteen months after his appointment.

He had been with Laing Construction and Laing O’Rourke for a total of 24 years.

He was regarded as former Laing O’Rourke chief executive Anna Stewart’s right hand man.

She stepped down with immediate effect four months ago due to ill health. Infrastructure managing director Gary Wells also recently left the firm. Tuckett joined the group with the acquisition of Laing Construction by R O’Rourke & Son in 2001 for £1, having worked for the Laing business since 1992.

His previous roles included managing director of Laing O’Rourke Construction UK, commercial services director for Europe as well as commercial director for Laing O’Rourke’s Middle East and South Asia portfolio of businesses from 2006 to 2009.

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