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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology

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The Laing O'Rourke Centre

The construction industry is at a crossroads. Faced with the prospect of scarcer resources and the need to dramatically decrease its carbon emissions, it must adapt to operate more efficiently and sustainably. At the same time, the global population is rapidly growing and urbanising, demanding both increased construction activity and infrastructure that can provide housing, transport, water, energy and digital communications networks for the cities of the 21st century.

James Dyson Building
HQ for the Laing O'Rourke Centre, The James Dyson Building by Flickr User Morgan Sindall (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at the University of Cambridge is a partnership between the Department of Engineering, Cambridge Judge Business School and Laing O'Rourke, the UK's largest privately owned construction company.

The Centre was created as the result of a generous donation by Laing O'Rourke. The donation has funded a new Chair in Construction Engineering, a Masters degree programme and supports research and undergraduate teaching within the Department of Engineering.

The foundation of the Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology has provided us with the opportunity to address some of the challenges talked about above.  We are carrying out cutting edge research as well as educating future leaders of the construction industry to challenge the norm and think innovatively.

The goal of the Centre is to precipitate innovation and provide a new vision for the shape of tomorrow's construction industry.

LOR - CU Strategic Partnership

Our ambition is to become the world leading centre of excellence in research and education for the construction industry, and the firm start we have already made has provided the foundation on which this ambition is being realised.


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