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Action stations for Antarctic six

These are the first images of the six shortlisted concept designs for the new Antarctic research station.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) launched the Halley VI competition back in the summer (AJ 1.7.04) to find a replacement for the current centre, which is in danger of floating off on an iceberg.

The contest attracted nearly 90 entries but the judges shortlisted just six multidisciplinary design teams - all of which are currently being displayed in an exhibition at the RIBA in London. These are: Buro Happold with Lifschutz Davidson; Faber Maunsell with Hugh Broughton Architects; Francis Design with Arup; Hopkins Architects with Expedition Engineering; Make with the Design Laboratory; and the Richard Rogers Partnership, also with Arup.

Located on a 150m-thick floating ice shelf, the new research station will need to be fully self-sufficient and able to withstand temperatures that can drop to about -40 ¦C.

'This design of the new Halley VI research station presents enormous challenges, ' said BAS director Professor Chris Rapley.

'The design concepts are exceptional, showing a great deal of ingenuity, not only in the functional and technological detail but also in the living and working environment the new station will provide for the people who live there, ' he added.

Next Wednesday (24 November), the shortlist will again be whittled down, allowing only three design teams to develop their concepts further.

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