Laing O’Rourke wins role on Sydney Opera House renewal

UK-headquartered Laing O’Rourke’s Australian arm has won a competitive tender for Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) in the Sydney Opera House’s Stage 1 Building Renewal program, which comprises A$250 million of projects to be carried out over the next five years.

In an announcement this week Laing O’Rourke said the programme is the largest package of works since the Opera House opened in 1973.

It includes upgrades to the Opera House’s two largest internal performance spaces – the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre – as well as improvements to the entry and foyers and new creative learning and function centres.

Laing O’Rourke Australia’s managing director, Cathal O’Rourke, said: "The work the Opera House has already done to digitally map the entire structure – combined with Laing O’Rourke’s Digital Engineering expertise – will help deliver the best result for the venue’s 8.2 million annual visitors, thousands of performers and the wider Australian community, who all feel a sense of ownership over the UNESCO World Heritage site."

Image: The Sydney Opera House, completed in 1973 (Wikimedia Commons)

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