Over the next decade, Rothera Research Station will be upgraded to ensure its facilities keep the UK at the forefront of climate, biodiversity and ocean research. This comprehensive modernisation includes a new wharf for the RRS Sir David Attenborough and a new science and operations facility, the Discovery Building.
Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme
A new jetty and logistics facilities for Bird Island
Modernising the UK's summer-only Antarctic research station
New mooring and boating facilities for South Georgia's fisheries research station
A new research platform to put UK scientists at the forefront of polar science
Delivering the Antarctic infrastructure modernisation programme
In 2017 Antarctica's first re-locatable research station was moved successfully 23 km inland to avoid the path of large cracks in the ice
Supporting science and managing our assets
The commissioning of the RRS Sir David Attenborough and its associated infrastructure modernisation programme represents the UK Government‘s largest investment in polar science since the 1980s. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, this ambitious suite of projects will ensure Britain’s continued position as a world leader in the field of polar environmental science.
The BAS Infrastructure Project Management Team is working with colleagues in NERC’s Programme Management Office, Technical Advisors Ramboll and construction partner BAM to deliver an ambitious infrastructure modernisation programme at the UK’s Antarctic research facilities.
- Rothera Research Station Modernisation – UK Antarctic Hub. Over the next decade, the station will undergo a comprehensive modernisation programme to ensure that its facilities continue to enable world-leading research by BAS scientists and the wider UK polar science community
- Bird Island Research Station modernisation, South Georgia: to improve the facility and working conditions for research teams, improve energy use, and prepare the operational aspects of the station to ensure safe people and cargo discharge from the RRS Sir David Attenborough
- Signy Research Station modernisation. Enhancements will include a longer, more robust jetty, enhanced storage and cargo handling facilities to reduce the need for manual lifting, and improved living spaces
- King Edward Point Research Station modernisation on South Georgia requires a new wharf so that the new ship can moor safely and resupply the station.