Laing O'Rourke is challenging and changing construction through innovative approaches to manufacturing and preassembly, transforming traditional construction through its unique 'Design for Manufacture and Assembly' (DfMA) strategy.

Explore Manufacturing provides a unique self-delivery capability that leads the construction industry in driving greater levels of design standardisation and construction quality into a project. With an international manufacturing capability, its offsite operations utilise lean automation processes together with quality assurance systems.

At the heart of its commitment to offsite manufacturing sits the Explore Industrial Park, Steetley, the most advanced facility of its type in Europe. The precast concrete facility, which began production in July 2009, manufactures a range of products including walls, floors, columns and beams for its projects throughout the UK. Using offsite manufacturing means that it is delivering precast and preassembled products and materials to the time, cost and quality standards demanded by its clients.

The Explore Industrial Park complements its existing international offsite solution providers, which include Crown House Technologies Offsite, producing mechanical and electrical units; Modulor in Dubai, making fully finished bathroom pods; and Redispan and Austrak in Australia, manufacturing, among their extensive component sets, conveyor systems and concrete railway sleepers. 

Its portfolio of capability includes:

  •  Malling: specialises in the design and manufacture of architectural precast concrete
  • CHt Offsite: offers fully integrated modular building services, with award-winning bespoke mechanical and electrical solutions based on lean manufacturing principles.
  • Vetter: natual stone specialist with a 50-year heritage.
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