Providing technical expertise for The British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

Eoin Kenny

Regional Marketing Manager

We have been appointed to provide technical expertise for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Technical Advisory Team.

As part of the team led by engineering consultancy Ramboll, we will be supporting a host of projects in the Antarctic region and the UK.

In 2019 one of the world’s most advanced Polar research ships - the RRS Sir David Attenborough – will be ready for operation. The new ship, commissioned by NERC and built by Cammell Laird, will be operated by BAS. Reaching a significant construction milestone the ship had its keel laying ceremony in October, and when complete it will ensure UK polar scientists remain at the forefront of climate and ocean research. Government investment in the new ship includes funding for a series of projects to improve and modernise Antarctic research stations, infrastructure and logistics. We have been appointed by NERC to provide BAS cost and commercial management services for seven years.   

We will be supporting BAS on the options for the replacement or upgrade of existing wharfs at BAS Antarctic and subantarctic research stations to enable safe and efficient berthing and mooring of the new ship and its cargo tender. We will also advise on a number of other buildings, energy efficiency and logistical projects, drawing on the team’s experience of working in remote locations, including the Polar regions.

This exciting new role presents various challenges given the Antarctic continent is the coldest, driest, highest and windiest on the planet, and construction season usually only runs from December through to March. The team will be carrying out surveys and onsite support in the world’s harshest climate with temperatures ranging from 5oC to -60oC.

Andy Wheeler, Director at Turner & Townsend said: “It is a huge privilege to be collaborating on projects of such global scientific importance. BAS is an international leader in Antarctic research and we are honoured to be able to apply our expertise and experience to help safely deliver complex operations in such an extreme environment.”

Tim Stockings, BAS Director of Operations said: ”The UK Government is making a major investment in Britain’s polar research capability. The commission by NERC of the RRS Sir David Attenborough provides an opportunity to modernise and upgrade our Antarctic infrastructure. The appointment of Ramboll, Turner & Townsend and Norr brings specialist expertise to our in-house teams. We look forward to working together to develop and deliver facilities that meet our shared ambitions for sustainability and excellence.”