Laing O’Rourke Wins Key Opera House Renewal Contract


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

The program is the largest package of works since the Opera House opened in 1973 and includes upgrades to the Opera House‘s two largest internal performance spaces, the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre, as well as upgrades to the entry and foyers and new creative learning and function centres.

The ECI contract will see Laing O’Rourke take the first steps with the Opera House's design teams to develop a program that ensures renewal works are carried out in the most efficient and cost effective way, with each part of the project plan scrutinised by a series of review points before construction can take place.

Laing O'Rourke Australia Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke expressed his appreciation for the process, understanding the work's level of importance.

“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,” he said.

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