Laing O’Rourke main contractor on west London scheme

Robert Bird has won the structural engineer role on the £1bn redevelopment of the former Olympia exhibition centre in west London.

The Australian firm is providing structural, civil, geotechnical and construction engineering services on the project.

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How the scheme will look when completed

The 186,000 sq m scheme involves building two theatres, as well as two hotels, a four-screen cinema, a rooftop park and other restaurant space.

Four original exhibition spaces, dating from 1886, will also be modernised under the plans.

The Grand Exhibition Hall, National Exhibition Hall and the Central hall are all grade II listed.

The scheme is being developed by a consortium of investors, led by the owners of Olympia – Yoo Capital and Deutsche Finance.

Laing O’Rourke is carrying out work on the project, having pipped Mace last year which had been negotiating the deal as a sole bidder.

The £1bn scheme was approved by the local council in January last year and has been designed by Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC.

Others working on the job include Gardiner & Theobald as quantity surveyor and Desco as M&E consultant.