Laing O’Rourke’s European boss says firm will look overseas for work if infrastructure projects are not brought forward

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The chief executive of Laing O’Rourke in Europe has warned the government that his firm will have to cut jobs if more is not done to get infrastructure projects off the ground.

Speaking at the Government Construction Summit Roger Robinson, said: “We need to see some action and projects brought forward if it doesn’t happen companies like ours will have to manage our losses and that means job losses.”

He added: “There are places in the world that do value our skills and that is where we will have to go.”

His comments were followed by Douglas Oakervee, chair of HS2 Ltd, the company set up to deliver the high speed rail line to Birmingham and the north of England, who pledged to help spread the investment in the construction of the railway throughout the industry.

He said: “[I want] as much as possible to be manufactured off site not only to improve quality and efficiency but also to allow other companies to have work.”