Laing O’Rourke’s new head of major projects Jonathan Goring has told Construction News the company’s vision was a crucial factor in enticing him to return to contracting.
Mr Goring, who has spent time at Mace, Bovis and was formerly managing director at Capita Symonds, will start his new role on 4 January 2016.
Laing O’Rourke is continuing to push its Design for Manufacture and Assembly approach to construction within the wider industry, and Mr Goring said this approach played a major part in his desire to join the contractor.
He told Construction News: “I respect Laing O’Rourke hugely as an ethical company. They’re doing a lot of good for the industry… it’s a combination of their business ethics and and the effort they’re putting into changing the industry for the better that’s appealing to me.”
Having completed work on Sir Ben Ainslie’s £15m Portsmouth HQ earlier this year, Mr Goring said he would be working with senior leaders within the company on which staff might report to him and the particular projects he will oversee at the start of his career with the contractor.
The role is expected to be focused on both UK and international projects, with Mr Goring saying he was “as likely to be working on triggering opportunities in Australia as I am to be in the UK” at any one time.
He added: “It’s a fairly open book at the moment, but I’ll be looking to get my experience across. We are going to work out the detail between Anna (Stewart, CEO), Paul (Sheffield, Europe Hub MD) and Cathal O’Rourke (Australia Hub MD).”
Mr Goring left Capita Symonds in 2014 after leading its successful bid to become the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s strategic business partner, as part of a consortium.
He went to work as project director on the £15m Portsmouth base for Ben Ainslie Racing, which completed earlier this year.
He is one of a number of senior leaders from around the industry on the contracting and design side brought in to Laing O’Rourke’s business in the last two years.
Laing O’Rourke declined to comment on his appointment, which is expected to be confirmed within weeks.