After decamping to York in 2005, the Royal Ascot race meeting returned to its Berkshire home last month following Laing O’Rourke’s completion of Ascot racecourse’s new £186m grandstand. Other high-profile projects undertaken by the Dartford company, controlled by founder Ray O’Rourke and his brother Hugh, include Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and the futuristic Selfridges store at the Bullring in Birmingham. Sales at Laing O’Rourke reached £1,890m in 2005, although losses at the firm’s international division kept operating profits low at £18m.

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Company details
CompanyLaing O’Rourke
ActivityEngineering and construction group
Sales £m1,890
Profit £m18
Year endMar 05
Principal shareholdersRaymond O'Rourke (55%), Hugh O'Rourke (29%)

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