Brothers Ray and Des O’Rourke founded this group in 1978. The Essex building company specialises in designs that use pre-cast concrete. Its projects have included the new Scottish Parliament building, the Millennium Dome and Portcullis House next to the Palace of Westminster. The company acquired loss-making Laing Construction for a token £1 in September 2001. The deal included taking over £26m of assets that O’Rourke treats as profits in its latest accounts. The firm’s profits have therefore risen 79% a year from £7.9m in 1999 to £45.2m in 2002.

This profile reflects the company at time of publication and does not reflect any changes that may have subsequently occurred. Fast Track and its sponsors do not endorse, guarantee or recommend investment in any of the companies.

Company details
Year2003
Rank16
CompanyLaing O’Rourke
ActivityEngineering and construction group
LocationDartford
Annual profit growth78.64%
Latest profits £000s45,159
Latest sales £000s597,146
Staff6,197
Founded1978
Websitewww.laingorourke.com

If applicable:

* supplied by company † annualised figure