16 May, 2014 News stories

Halley VI honoured for outstanding design and construction

It’s been quite a week for Halley VI, picking up numerous Architizer A+ awards in New York and winning two more at the Annual ENR Global Best Projects Competition.

The impressive build was designed to withstand highly challenging Antarctic conditions and is the world’s first re-locatable research facility. Designed for BAS by architect Hugh Broughton, engineered by AECOM and constructed by Galliford Try, Halley VI has been awarded a whole host of accolades since it became operational last year.

Architizer A+ Awards

This week, Hugh Broughton travelled to New York to attend the Architizer A+ Awards ceremony, the world’s premier architectural awards. Announced last month, Halley VI won both the public and jury vote for Best Education and Research Project in the World. Selected by a global audience and jury, Halley VI was the only British winner in these US based awards.

Winter image of the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica with aurora

At the event Hugh Broughton received another exciting accolade for Halley VI; the Art and Science Award. This Special Achievement Award acknowledges their contribution to the architectural field and is one of the top five design awards at the ceremony.

Hugh Broughton Architects has enjoyed much success in designing for extreme environments, particularly in the design of scientific research facilities in the Polar Regions. The firm explores new forms of construction and draws from the full breadth of available technologies. BAS awarded the design of Halley VI to a partnership between AECOM and Hugh Broughton Architects following an international design competition which sought to find a fresh approach to station design through technological innovation and creativity.

Annual ENR Global Best Projects Competition

Halley VI also won the Best Education/Research category and Project of the Year in the ENR Global Best Projects Awards.  This competition honours the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year. Nominees from across the globe were scrutinised by a judging panel of independent industry leaders. Projects’ safety, innovations, challenges and design and construction quality were examined with special emphasis on the diversity of project teams and their teamwork.