The business has already gone head to head with heavyweight Bechtel for the job of programme manager of London’s Olympics, and won, as part of the CLM consortium.
"I want the client to start with me, not put effort into working with others and then engage us," he said.
"It's not the Bechtel model. It’s more sophisticated. Does it inhabit their space? Yes it does."
Douglas said he was chasing the opportunity upstream and pointed out that 80% of cost is locked in at design.
Laing O’Rourke is currently beefing up the numbers of engineering staff to give it more strength in depth. It took on 249, mostly civils, graduates this year.
Douglas said he was not concerned that Bechtel might be called on to step in to take over the high-profile Olympic job at any stage in the future.
"It will open on time, and it will set out what we can do," he said. "Does it cause me sleepless nights – no!"
Douglas confirmed that Laing O'Rourke has been approached to take on the construction management
of London's Shard in place of the current hopeful, its CLM partner Mace.
"The developer has sought to engage us in a conversation. We will determine whether the right basis exists to deliver value to the client. If it does we will, and if it doesn't we won't. It's all about risk and projects of that nature have a high degree of risk. We are trying to determine whether the profile is acceptable."