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Return to Antarctica – Hugh Broughton to reimagine New Zealand’s Scott Base

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Hugh Broughton Architects is set to return to the Antarctic after landing the commission to redevelop New Zealand’s ageing Scott Base

The practice, which completed the Halley VI ice station for the British Antarctic Survey in 2013, is working with New Zealand-based firm Jasmax on a ‘modern, low-impact, efficient’ replacement of the 60-year-old complex.

The base perches on a low volcanic headland called Pram Point at the Southern End of Ross Island in the Ross Sea region, 1,300km from the South Pole.

The station was set up in 1957 and only intended to be operational for three years.

The last major development of the site was a rebuild in the 1980s followed by the refurbishment of the Hillary Field Centre which was completed last April.

The architects will spend the next year creating four concept designs ‘based on user requirements, site investigations … [and] learnings from the experience of other national Antarctic programmes’.

Project backer, government agency Antarctica New Zealand, will then recommend a preferred option that satisfies both the country’s scientific needs and its strategic interests.

A detailed business case with concept designs will be presented to the New Zealand government in December 2018.

Hugh Broughton, who also designed the Juan Carlos 1 Spanish Antarctic Base, said: ‘We are really excited to be able to bring our extensive experience of the polar regions to an innovative project team working on this extreme challenge.

‘We now look forward to creating designs that are practical, sustainable, and which will create uplifting places to live and work and, above all, help scientists to better understand our environment as we strive to protect our planet.’

Project team

Architect Jasmax-Hugh Broughton Architects
Quantity surveyor Turner & Townsend
Structural/civil engineer OPUS
Building services Steensen Varming

Jamie Lester (OPUS), Stephen Middleton (Jasmax), Martin Craig (Steensen Varming), Simon Shelton (Antarctica New Zealand), Hugh Broughton (Hugh Broughton Architects).

Jamie Lester (OPUS), Stephen Middleton (Jasmax), Martin Craig (Steensen Varming), Simon Shelton (Antarctica New Zealand), Hugh Broughton (Hugh Broughton Architects).

Jamie Lester (OPUS), Stephen Middleton (Jasmax), Martin Craig (SteensenVarming), Simon Shelton (Antarctica New Zealand), Hugh Broughton (Hugh Broughton Architects)

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