Mark Andrews Mark Andrews

Laing O'Rourke Middle East’s managing director, Mark Andrews, has continued his steady climb up the Construction Week Power 100 ranking this year, with another dynamic 12 months at the helm of the UK construction company’s business activities in the Middle East.

In the financial year to March 2018, the firm saw revenue of $300m (AED1.10bn), and this is expected to grow to $350m (AED1.29bn) by the end of March 2019.

In the UAE, Laing O'Rourke’s portfolio of current projects includes site-wide services and thematic district fit-out for Expo 2020 Dubai. In January of this year, Laing O'Rourke was awarded contracts worth $182.4m (AED669.98m) to deliver Expo 2020 Dubai's Leadership and Media Pavilions, the expo’s Leadership and Media Pavilions, the site’s access road to Al Wasl Plaza, and landscaping and associated mechanical, electrical, and plumbing works.

All shell-and-core construction on site is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. The access road, which is known as Hammerhead because of its distinctive shape, will house ramped access to Expo 2020’s truck tunnel that will run underneath Al Wasl Plaza, the centrepiece of the 4.38km² expo site.

Andrews tells Construction Week that data centres are among the most important regional business sectors that the company will be targeting in 2018. Laing O’Rourke was appointed in late 2017 to design, build, and fit-out commercial wholesale data centre provider Khazna’s Data Centre Pods 4, 5, and 6 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

On-site works began on the Khazna’s 31,000m² expansion earlier this year, with the aim of doubling the data centre’s capacity. The projects are scheduled for handover in summer 2019 in Dubai and autumn 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The scope of the projects includes construction of a two-storey building for each pod, and all specialist mechanical, electrical and plumbing works.