CONSTRUCTION mogul Ray O’Rourke will trial a new prefabricated concrete building method as he rebuilds his £7million home in Essex.
With planning permission already granted for the Co. Mayo-born Chairman of Laing O’Rourke to knock down his existing Brentwood property, he plans to create a multi-million pound mansion in its place, it was revealed by a source close to the Irishman this week.
Located in the small village of Fryerning, the two-storey mansion, which will boast a luxury basement development, will be built from large pre-cast concrete panels which are produced at the global company’s factory in Steetley, Nottinghamshire.
The prefabricated panels are currently in use by the firm on their school and office contracts across the country, but O’Rourke is said to be keen to introduce them to their work within the housing market for “one-off designs”.
With that in mind, the entrepreneur - an Irish Post business award winner in 2013 - seems happy for his personal construction plans to act as a pilot for the project.