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Leaving Cape Town - 25 January 2008

25 January 2008
Cape Town, South Africa
Sunny, +35 to 38 deg C

For the past three and a half years we have been working continuously on the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station for the British Antarctic Survey. It has certainly been a tough project from the start and we have had some really difficult hurdles to cross to help ensure the project reached this stage.

Time has flown by so fast I dare not blink. The Halley VI project has been an inspirational adventure and promises to continue to be so. Most of my time has been spent developing cladding details and interfaces with glazing, steelwork, services and internal finishes to ensure that the cold and snow is kept out, the warmth is kept in and that everything fits together snugly.

This has been a real adventure and a great amount of fun because, despite the fact that this is one of the life-critical areas of the project, most of the design has been developed from scratch. We’ve been playing with glass reinforced plastic (GRP) cladding panels, structural GRP support systems for large glazed walls, complicated and expensive curved glazed roof lights, cladding brackets made out of silicone blocks, nanogel technology and silicone rubber gasketry just to mention a few things.

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