16 January, 2020 News stories

Engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll has been re-appointed as Technical Advisors for British Antarctic Survey (BAS), successfully winning the next phase of work in a series of projects to improve and modernise Antarctic research stations and infrastructure. The contract is valued at between £40-50 million and secures their involvement for a further 10 years.

As the sole supplier on the BAS framework, Ramboll will be providing a vast range of services, from project management and structural, geotechnical and MEP engineering, to buildings, energy, sustainability, fire and renewable consultancy. The team will also be managing third party services, including architecture, quantity surveying, and snow and wind modelling.

As climate change poses the threat of a potential global 1.5°C temperature increase, sustainability is a key driver in the modernisation of all BAS facilities, with a target set for all buildings to be designed and operating at net-zero carbon. Given the extreme Antarctic conditions, where temperatures range from 5°C to -60°C, and the fact the continent is the coldest, driest, highest and windiest on the planet, a key challenge will be ensuring structures are both sustainable and useable in the world’s harshest climate.

The next phase of work with BAS will include the second phase of the Rothera Modernisation programme, which includes a new marine facility, and accommodation block. An energy assessment will also take place, with the aim to reduce the station’s reliance on fossil fuels. Ramboll has previously been working on the BAS Rothera Research Station, which in December 2019 resumed construction work on the 74m long wharf in preparation to berth the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

In addition to the continued work at the Rothera Research Station, Ramboll will commence a masterplan for the King Edward Point Research Station, as well as exploring further connected projects in both Antarctica and the UK.

Commenting on the win, Dave Grove, Project Director at Ramboll, said

“Ramboll has been working with BAS since 2016 and in that time our team has provided expert technical, design and consultancy services for projects located in the most challenging of environments, using innovative design techniques and assessment models to strike a balance between facilities that are useable in the harsh climate, whilst operating at net-zero carbon emissions. We are delighted to have been awarded the new contract on this incredibly interesting and challenging project, cementing Ramboll’s position as the leading engineering consultant in the Antarctic, and allowing us to  continue our work to support BAS in delivering their ambitions.”

Andrew Henderson, Executive Director of UK Buildings at Ramboll, added

We are thrilled to be continuing our important work with BAS. Ramboll’s commitment to sustainability, innovation and collaboration aligns very well with BAS’s ethos, who have adopted this long-term partnership model. This approach should be applauded as it creates an environment for increased innovation and a long-term perspective that will ultimately deliver better, sustainable outcomes.”

Nigel Bird, Chief Operating Officer at NERC UK Research and Innovation said:

“This contract award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the modernisation of the UK’s polar science research infrastructure. The modernisation programme is a key enabler to BAS continuing their important work of delivering world-leading science for us to better understand our planet. Ramboll’s skills, commitment, and shared passion for sustainability will be crucial as we strive to create more efficient and sustainable facilities”

Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director at BAS, commented:

“The modernisation of BAS infrastructure forms a crucial aspect of improving the long-term sustainability of our estate. This partnership is vital to helping us deliver on our long-term environmental and sustainability targets, whilst we deliver vital frontier science research that benefits us all.”

About Ramboll
Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs more than 15,500 people globally and has especially strong representation in the Nordics, UK, North America, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

With 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase constantly striving to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to our clients, the end-users, and society at large. Ramboll works across the following markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning & Urban Design, Water, Environment & Health, Energy and Management Consulting. More information is available at www.ramboll.com and www.ramboll.co.uk. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About BAS

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit: www.bas.ac.uk