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Laing O'Rourke wins £278m Aussie military deals

Laing O’Rourke has landed two deals to lead the construction of facilities worth AUS$495m (£278m) on a major Australian military base.

The contractor was chosen by Australia’s Ministry for Defence as managing contractor for two projects, which will see the construction of naval support facilities and infrastructure upgrades at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in the Northern Territory.

The first project, worth AUS$223m (£125m), will see Laing O’Rourke carry out critical in-ground infrastructure upgrades that will support the base’s expansion over the next 25 years.

A second scheme, worth AUS$272m (£152m), will see the construction of facilities at the base including a new outer wharf to serve the Royal Australian Navy’s combat ships and submarines.

The project received parliamentary approval last week and work is expected to begin in late 2018.

Both projects will take approximately five years, with work expected to complete in mid-2023.

As part of the project’s local industry capability plan, Laing O’Rourke is required to maximise the opportunities for small and medium businesses across the scheme.

This is the latest major deal won by Laing O’Rourke in Australia after it scooped the AUS$1bn (£540m) deal to transform Sydney Central Metro station – Australia’s busiest commuter station.

The recent successes come more than two years after Laing O’Rourke chairman and CEO Ray O’Rourke (pictured) put the company’s Australian arm up for sale after buyers showed interest in the business.

Earlier this year, CN revealed the company was to exit the Canadian market after heavy losses on the CAD$2bn Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal.

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