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WSP strengthens leadership in geotechnical engineering and tunnelling with two key hires

04 August - WSP has appointed Mike King as its new head of geotechnical engineering and tunnelling within WSP’s 600 person strong civil, bridge and ground engineering business.


With more than 36 years’ international experience, Mike joins from CH2M where he was the Global Practice Lead for Tunnels. As part of this role, he was also seconded into the Crossrail project where he was the Head of Underground Construction for more than five years.

Key projects in the UK and internationally include the Channel Tunnel, the Jubilee Line Extension, the Lisbon Metro, and the Sao Paul Metro.

Mike said: “I was attracted to WSP by their vision and ambition for the future of their tunnelling and geotechnical sectors, and also by the cultural fit that I could see that suited my approach to working.”

WSP also welcomes Eric Wu as its new regional director in the geotechnical and tunnelling team, based in Cardiff. Eric joins from Jacobs where he was the director of operations and head of geotechnical engineering discipline.

Throughout his 30 years’ career, Eric has worked on a number of high profile projects across the globe from metro, rail and highway projects in Dubai, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan to immersed tunnels in Thessaloniki, Ireland and Hong Kong, and numerous reservoirs and water works in Wales

He has been conferred an Honorary Visiting Professor title by Cardiff University in 2015 in recognition of his high level of competence, achievement and distinction in his field of expertise.

Eric Wu said: I was particularly attracted to WSP’s collaborative ethos with offices across the globe and exciting opportunities in many market sectors. I hope to contribute to the continual growth and success of WSP, in particular the geotechnical and tunnelling team.” 

Steve Denton, Head of Civil, Bridge and Ground Engineering at WSP said: I am delighted that Mike and Eric have joined WSP in key leadership roles for our geotechnical and tunnelling capability, with over 150 experts across the UK. Their technical excellence and track record of working on some of the most challenging projects around the world places them perfectly to help us fulfil our ambitions in this field, delivering complex infrastructure across the highway, rail, utility and energy sectors.”

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