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Laing O'Rourke lands £130m deals for Dubai Expo

Laing O’Rourke has won two major contracts worth £130m for the Dubai Expo 2020 project in the Middle East.

The contractor will now build the expo’s Leadership and Media Pavillions as well as the ‘Hammerhead’ access road that will serve the expo’s centrepiece, the Al Wasl Plaza.

The Hammerhead road, so called because of its distinctive shape, will house a ramped access road for the expo’s truck tunnel, which will run underneath the Al Wasl Plaza.

Construction is expected to start on site at the end of this month, with the shell and core expected to be finished in October 2019 – a year before the expo opens.

The contracts are the latest to be won by Laing O’Rourke on the Dubai Expo project, with the firm picking up a multi-million-pound deal to build a mixed-use development on the site back in October 2016.

The Dubai Expo, which will display some of the world’s newest technologies and innovations, will run for six months from October to April 2021 and is expected to draw more than 25m visitors.

Currently there are 12,000 people working across all projects on the site, but this figure is expected to grow to 35,000 by early 2019.

Laing O’Rourke chief executive Ray O’Rourke said: “The continuation of work in Dubai South is a great opportunity to showcase the strength of our Middle East team on Expo 2020.

“We are committed to local employment in the region, and innovation, through our approach to offsite manufacturing, building on the knowledge and experience we have gained in the Emirates over the past decade.”

Earlier this month CN revealed Laing O’Rourke had settled a legal dispute in connection to its CAD$2.1bn problem hospital job in Canada, with the client handing over CAD$125m to cover the cost of delays to the scheme.


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