Martin Pratt also has over 30 years experience in the design, construction and management of geotechnical works in the UK and internationally. Having graduated from Surrey University with a first class honours degree in civil engineering as well as a masters degree in geotechnical engineering, he spent three years in the Paris design office of Soletanche Entreprise. Thereafter, he spent the first of two spells in Hong Kong in the position of design and estimating manager. Returning to the UK, he acted as operations manager with Soletanche with responsibility for a number of successful tenders for major contracts including the Jubilee Line extension. His second spell in South East Asia lasted over nine years and started with the foundation tender and basement perimeter diaphragm wall design for the Petronas Towers project in Kuala Lumpur and tenders for the Hong Kong Airport and Railway projects, leading to a rapid career progression to the position of area manager for South East Asia. Projects undertaken under his overall responsibility during this period included the main ground improvement works associated with Chep Lap Kok Airport and Disneyland project, diaphragm walls and foundations for Central and Kowloon MTR stations and the Western Harbour Crossing in Hong Kong as well as the International Finance Centre in Central District and the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon.
Some significant defects were encountered in piling works for major projects carried out in Hong Kong by third party contractors and Martin was responsible for the overall management of the resulting remedial and underpinning works.
Returning to the UK as managing director of Bachy Soletanche Limited and manager for Northern Europe, he also became responsible for group vibro ground improvement works and activities in Ireland and Scandinavia. During this period he was responsible for the successful tender and subsequent delivery of numerous major projects including the bored pile foundations for the East London Line, cut and cover diaphragm wall tunnel approaches to New Tyne Tunnel and vibrocompaction and diaphragm walling at London Gateway Port. He was also a main contractor Joint Venture board member for the Lee Tunnel project, the first phase of the Thames Tideway project. Following this, Martin became international area manager for Northern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and Southern Africa. Major projects included the ground improvement works associated with the Palm in Dubai. Thereafter, he became Executive Vice President with Soletanche Bachy Group with overall responsibility for the international business in Northern Europe, the Middle East, southern Africa and Central Asia, plant, R&D and design departments as well as geotechnical monitoring. Martin has been involved in the UK and international acquisition of a number of geotechnical companies.
More recently Martin has acted as an independent consultant on dispute resolution projects in the UK and Denmark.
Martin has been a chartered engineer since 1988 and is a member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers in London and Hong Kong. He was Chairman of the Federation of Piling Specialists from 2009 to 2010. He is also a French speaker.