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Mike Needham is Team Director for Bridges International within the Transport Group. He joined Ramboll (then Gifford) in 2006 as an Associate, becoming Technical Director in 2011.
Mike manages teams carrying out the design and assessment of all kinds of civil engineering structures. His primary responsibility is for ensuring excellence in the delivery of projects.
Applying extensive design engineer expertise to his role in project management, Mike often works directly with the Contractor on a Design and Build basis. His particular skills are in multi-disciplinary transport projects, with a bias towards highway structures.
Mike has been involved in the design of numerous highway schemes, including bridges, retaining walls, sign gantries, footbridges, cut and cover and immersed tube tunnels. This work has ranged from greenfield sites to existing motorways and trunk roads and includes inspection, assessment and refurbishment of bridges.
Experienced in all aspects of the construction process from conceptual design to site supervision, Mike is familiar with steel, steel-concrete composite, precast concrete, in situ-concrete and prestressed concrete forms of construction. He also has experience of embedded pile, reinforced earth and reinforced soil retaining structures.
Mike’s UK team has the full range of skills needed for pedestrian, highway and rail bridges - with iconic and moving bridges a speciality. Team capabilities include motorway gantries, retaining walls, cut and cover tunnels and other heavy civil engineering structures.
Through the Ramboll Group, Mike is able to supplement his team with the skills of bridges, rail and tunnels staff worldwide, covering a wide range of regional multidisciplinary engineering services.
Major projects undertaken under Mike’s leadership by the Bridges, Rail and Gantries teams include the Queensferry Crossing, Bermondsey Dive Under, Hammersmith Flyover Phase 2 strengthening, Twin Sails, MediaCityUK, and numerous Managed Motorway schemes.
His direct involvement on recent projects, both in the UK and internationally, includes:
Mike is a Supervising Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is Ramboll’s representative for the Concrete Bridge Development Group, and UK Road Tunnels Operators Forum.
Ramboll produced an outline strategic brief to improve access between the city centre and airport, adjacent to the frontier with Spain. The objective, to provide for a free flow of traffic; currently interrupted by airfield operations where 600m of existing road crosses the runway.