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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology


The Centre was launched in 2010 as a partnership between the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, Cambridge Judge Business School and industry partner Laing O’Rourke, the UK’s largest privately-owned construction company, to fulfil a shared vision of transforming the construction industry through innovation, education and technology.


Our vision is to contribute to improving the quality of life for all in an equitable and sustainable way.


As such, our mission is to drive transformation in the construction industry by focusing on Education and Skills, Research and Innovation and Policy and Thought leadership.

Integrity, intellectual rigour, innovation and excellence provide our guiding principles and ethos. By harnessing the power of world-leading research and educational excellence, we aim to ensure evidence-based outputs influence policy and industry practice to the benefit of society. The Centre’s reputation continues to grow and we have established the foundations on which this ambition is being realised.

Our research strategy focuses on three main outcomes: (i) achieving net zero carbon, (ii) improving productivity, and (iii) increasing the social value delivered by construction projects in the built environment. These outcomes will be enabled by greater adoption of digital engineering, modern methods of construction (MMC), a focus on whole-life performance, new procurement models and upskilling of the workforce.

We are actively pursuing research in each of these areas.