Mike Needham. Ramboll

Mike Needham

Spearhead Director, Major Crossings, UK

T: +44 23 8081 7500

“I am committed to getting the best out of people, through high performing teams that communicate and collaborate both internally and with stakeholders. I like to work with individuals who understand the bigger picture and are motivated to excellence in all they do. I believe that the best performance is generated by open, mature conversations that get to the real issues and look to improve the future rather than dwell on the past.”

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:

  • TfL River Crossings. As Project Director, carrying out the duties of the Tunnel Safety Officer to support the development of the proposed Silvertown Tunnel in accordance with the Road Tunnel Safety Regulations.
  • Gibraltar airport tunnel. Leading the design of the cut and cover tunnel to carry traffic under the airport runway from outline design to construction.
  • Queen Elizabeth Park. Project Manager for the design of several bridges, including subsequent conversion of one of them from a temporary to a permanent structure.

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.


Recent projects

Tate Modern

Officially opened on the 17th June 2016 the new Tate Modern extension is an iconic world-class addition to London’s skyline. The ground breaking Tate Modern extension pushes the boundaries of modern design and engineering. From its one-of-a-kind geometric structure to its striking brick façade, every facet of this building has been planned and engineered with staggering accuracy.

Pulkovo Airport

Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg provides a critical gateway into Russia and is one of Europe’s most ambitious aviation projects with a landmark terminal and surrounding airport ‘city’.

Greenwich Millennium Village phases 3, 4 and 5

We produced a tender devised to promote a competitive overall costing by designing for three alternate methods of construction. This placed the contractor in a strong position to secure the most economic solution.

Green Mountain Project

The Green Mountain Project for a Sustainable Future was a development initiative led by the Engineering Consulting Office for Utilities (ECOU) in partnership with a consortium of international consultants led by Ramboll UK. In 2009, ECOU was one of the main engineering consulting practices in Libya involved design on major projects. Its work included urban and regional planning, and investigations supporting the designation of protected areas and national parks.

The project's overall objectives were to provide the local population of Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Green Mountain) area on Libya's northeast coast, with infrastructure and income as well as protect the region's natural and cultural assets, both of which are important for quality of life and tourism. Impetus for the project spr ...

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