Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica

Showcasing ground-breaking design in an extreme environment, Halley VI Research Station is an innovative facility dedicated to the study of the earth's atmosphere.

Client: The British Antarctic Survey
Value: £26m
Location: Antarctica

The iconic station, which was the product of an international design competition, is located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, a 200m thick ice layer moving at the rate of 0.5km per year. Essential to its survival, the facility comprises eight modules which are detachable, enabling the station to be relocated to a new inland location by being towed on its ski foundations, evading the fate of its predecessors and preventing it from being lost as icebergs break off.

Halley VI is also mounted on hydraulic legs enabling it to be jacked up each season to lift it out of the snow which accumulates underneath it, avoiding burial.

Environmental challenges on the scheme included the risk of being caught in a blizzard, the disorientating white surroundings and the danger of ultraviolet radiation.

Despite this, our team won the "International Safety Award" from the British Safety Council.

Other awards include "Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement" from the American Society of Civil Engineers, "Global Project of the Year" and "Best International Education and Research Building of the Year" from the Engineering News-Record Global Construction Summit, "Best Global Higher Education / Research Project" and "Arts and Science" Prize at the Architizer A+ Awards, the Civic Trust "Special Award for Sustainability", the 2013 British Construction Industry "International Project of the Year" Award, "Best Scientific Building" at the American Institute of Architects Excellence in Design Awards and the "Sustainability Award" from the Institute of Structural Engineers.

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