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Laing O'Rourke wins £537M deal to expand Sydney's main metro station

Sydney Metro Central

Laing O’Rourke has won a $955M (£537M) contract to transform Sydney’s Central Metro Station, which will begin immediately with the construction of new metro platforms. The deal comes days after the firm reported a £39M loss on one of its Australian projects.

The latest contract forms part of the £5bn to £8bn Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, a 30km rapid transit rail line serving the Central Metro Station among its 18 stations, which will increase capacity on Sydney’s rail network by 60% once complete in 2024.

Under the contract Laing O’Rourke will construct platforms for the new line 27m below platforms 13 and 14 at the existing metro station, as well as a 19m wide underground pedestrian tunnel known as Central Walk connecting the platforms to street level and to other suburban rail lines. Work at the station is expected to finish in 2022.

The announcement comes days after Laing O’Rourke revealed a £39M loss on one of its legacy contracts in Australia when it published its 2017 financial year results, which had been delayed by five months. The project was an engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract to deliver a network of four massive cryogenic tanks. However, overall revenue for its Australian arm has increased to roughly £960M, providing a large chunk of its £3.7bn group turnover.

Laing O’Rourke managing director Cathal O’Rourke said: “We have a strong track record in complex transport precincts around the world – and with this experience we have assembled a team who will deliver a world-class result for the NSW Government, the people of Sydney and the businesses and customers who rely on Central every day.”

Laing O’Rourke will carry out the work with architecture firm Woods Bagot and its partner John McAslan + Partners, and professional services firm GHD and engineering consultants Aurecon.

The Sydney Metro City & Southwest project includes 18 new or upgraded metro stations. The historic central metro station will be refurbished, including a new roof for its northern concourse.

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