BAM Nuttall & Sweco to Upgrade British Research AntarcticStations
Construction expert BAM Nuttall, with design consultants Sweco, have won a tender for a new 10-year partnership to take forward an ambitious programme
Construction expert BAM Nuttall, with design consultants Sweco, have won a tender for a new 10-year partnership to take forward an ambitious programme to modernise the British Antarctic Survey research stations. Commissioned by UK Research and Innovation, this new partnership provides the framework to deliver a wide range of sustainable construction projects. Over the next decade, projects could include new scientific support buildings, laboratories, accommodation, upgraded recycling and waste management facilities, and runway enhancements. The partnership will also explore renewable energy options and decarbonisation.
This is the second successful bid involving BAM and Sweco for a partnership contract with UKRI organisations NERC and BAS within Antarctica. The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP) includes construction lead BAM, their designers Sweco and technical advisors Ramboll; it began in 2017 with the construction of a new jetty and buildings at Bird Island. Successes for the programme also include two new wharves at King Edward Point in South Georgia and at Rothera to berth the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Groundworks for a new scientific support facility at Rothera were recently completed this month.
Construction in Antarctica is extremely challenging, all materials need to be shipped from the UK and the planning process needs to be meticulously planned to account for every nut and bolt as the nearest builders’ merchant is thousands of miles away.