Director, Ports & Marine (UK)
Contact Martin Duke
T: +44 23 8081 7500
“"With infrastructure planning and design, I think it's important to avoid running down channels too quickly … You've always got to be able to map the route ahead."”
Martin Duke joined Ramboll in 2007 as an Associate, becoming an Associate Director in 2010.
Martin specialises in infrastructure engineering, supporting site development works by designing highways, drainage and flood management systems, across the UK. Also experienced in geotechnical and offshore, Martin leads the civil engineering team, setting the strategy and steering the team to the most appropriate technical solutions. Martin has worked on a wide range of projects, including academy schools and university buildings, waste to energy plants and healthcare centres.
In addition, Martin has led the recent development of Ramboll UK's ports capability, which for the most part focuses on renovating and updating ports so they can service offshore wind developments. Martin contributes his expertise to these projects, as well as liaising with colleagues from the wider Ramboll Group on international ports projects.
As well as his engineering qualifications, Martin has a post-graduate diploma in contract law, which has given him a strong understanding of liability issues. Combined with the breadth of his experience across the civil engineering sector, Martin is able to identify and manage risk well and to bring a considered approach to infrastructure projects.
Martin is currently working across many sectors including education, healthcare and waste as well as residential and commercial.
Parkstone Grammar School
The pupil intake age at Parkstone Grammar has been lowered from 12 to 11 years, bringing it into line with others in the Poole area. To accommodate the additional students the school needed to expand its teaching facilities. We provided structural and infrastructure engineering for a new Art & Technology block, additional parking and the refurbishment of the existing Art & Technology building.
The new block is located on a sloping site close to the front entrance of the school. Ground modelling helped determine the optimum build level, minimising groundwork costs. Build time was also a challenge as refurbishment of the older building could only commence once the new one was ready. The school remained open throughout.
The new three-storey building has a grid layout, providing 19 classrooms, staff areas, stores and toilets. Accommodation is located on both sides of the central circulation corridors. On the upper level the roof is stepped back, affording a terrace across two bays of the grid. The outdoor study terrace is enclosed by an upstand parapet and accessed from the circulation corridor. In future, the terrace could be roofed for additional classrooms.
The continuous concrete strip foundations support sleeper walls. Vertical slots punched in the walls provide windows with solid inner leaf infill. The floor slabs are precast concrete sitting on the sleeper walls, topped with precast roof slabs. A small plant area is located on the roof to provide AHU ventilation. The aesthetic concrete walls in the classrooms encourage natural ventilation by maximising the thermal mass exposed to the air.