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Broughton and Faber Maunsell in line for second Antarctic success

The team behind the British Antarctic Survey's polar headquarters has made it to the top two in a competition to design India's Antarctic base, with a strikingly similar proposal (above).

Hugh Broughton Architects and Faber Maunsell are in pole position to land the commission despite submitting a scheme that is almost identical to the one they are building for the British organisation (below).

From an initial shortlist of 32 worldwide consortia, the duo is now going head-to-head with a German engineering company.

Its designs feature lightweight, glass-reinforced plastic monocoque modules, which are entirely prefabricated before being shipped to the Antarctic, reducing site construction time in this inhospitable location.

A connecting core allows the modules to be plugged together in a variety of ways to suit the brief and site constraints.

The British version of the scheme has now reached its fabrication stage.

Broughton, the lead consultant, said he was delighted to have made it this far with the Indian proposals.

'There are a number of issues that must be taken into consideration when designing a large-scale project in such a remote part of the world,' he said.

'Our designs will not only provide an inspirational place for scientists and support staff to live and work, but will also be as environmentally sustainable as possible,' Broughton added.

by Ed Dorrell

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