Supporting frontier science in Antarctica
We have been appointed to provide cost management services, as part of the technical advisor framework, to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) for the future phase of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP).
Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), AIMP is a long-term programme designed to enable a world-leading capability and to ensure that Britain remains at the forefront of climate, biodiversity and ocean research in the Polar regions. The work is being led by engineering consultancy Ramboll.
The next phase of work with BAS will include the second phase of the Rothera Modernisation programme, which includes a new marine facility, and accommodation block. An energy assessment will also take place, with the aim to reduce the station’s reliance on fossil fuels. We have previously been working on the BAS Rothera Research Station, which in December 2019 resumed construction work on the 74m long wharf in preparation to berth the RRS Sir David Attenborough.
In addition to the continued work at the Rothera Research Station, we will commence a masterplan for the King Edward Point Research Station, as well as exploring further connected projects in both Antarctica and the UK.
Andy Wheeler, Director, said:
We are delighted to confirm our position on the 10 year Antarctic framework. This next phase of the project will help transform how BAS enables and supports frontier science on the continent.
"Our services will be delivered from our Birmingham office, leveraging the polar expertise we have been building since 2016 from teams based in Manchester and Teesside."
Nigel Bird, Chief Operating Officer at NERC UK Research and Innovation said:
This contract award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the modernisation of the UK’s polar science research infrastructure. The modernisation programme is a key enabler to BAS continuing their important work of delivering world-leading science for us to better understand our planet."