Case Study


Abraham Moss Library and Leisure Centre


Manchester City Council
Laing O'Rourke
March 21
July 23
Form of Contract
NEC3 Option A
Delivery Type
Demolition and New Build


As part of a major regeneration investment into Crumpsall, Laing O’Rourke was appointed by Manchester City Council to demolish aging facilities and construct a new, state-of-the-art building for the local community. The Abraham Moss Library and Leisure Centre will form a key part of the Abraham Moss Community Campus.

The programme will see the construction of a sports hall, two squash courts, gym and dance studio, along with a modern library. The facility will also have a six-lane swimming pool, learner pool, steam room and sauna.

The team has, in recent years, delivered leisure and community projects across Greater Manchester including Hough End, Levenshulme Arcadia and East Manchester Leisure Centres; and they will bring the power of their experience, along with the expertise of the Laing O’Rourke specialist supply chain to deliver revitalised facilities to the people of Crumpsall.


Key to the development of the Abraham Moss Library and Leisure Centre, is the programme’s social value plan. Included in this is Laing O’Rourke’s dedication to education activities designed to inspire construction minds of the future through school workshops, mentoring opportunities and work experience programmes.

Tuning into local expertise and supporting local economy will be an important element of the programme’s delivery. Laing O’Rourke has committed to spending 50% of the project value with local suppliers, running employability support initiatives and creating nine new jobs or apprentice opportunities for local people.

During the construction phase, the Laing O’Rourke team will work with the community and they have committed to support events, host site tours and keep residents and community groups local to the project updated on site progress in a timely manner.


  • 16 educational activities
  • 7 Work Experience placements
  • 10 community activities
  • 9 employability activities
  • 9 new jobs or apprenticeships
  • 50% of spend with Greater Manchester suppliers

“Our experience on leisure centres across Manchester was key to our appointment to bring the visions for the Abraham Moss library and leisure centre to life. It is great to be on site and it has been an exciting start.

Our ‘one team’ approach will be vital to delivering certainty for Manchester City Council, with our in-house specialist businesses, Crown House Technologies, Expanded Geotechnical and Vetter contributing heavily. Our knowledgeable team is excited to be providing a modern space for the Crumpsall community.” George Holgate, Project Manager, Laing O’Rourke