Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme

The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation (AIM) Programme will transform how British Antarctic Survey enables and supports frontier science.  Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), this long-term programme will enable a world-leading capability to ensure that Britain remains at the forefront of climate, biodiversity and ocean research in the Polar regions.  Together with the commissioning of the RRS Sir David Attenborough, this modernisation programme represents the largest Government investment in polar science infrastructure since the 1980s.


Aerial view of Rothera research station in Antarctica

Rothera Research Station Modernisation

The UK Antarctic hub for frontier science. Over the next decade Rothera Research Station will undergo a comprehensive modernisation programme to ensure that its facilities continue to enable world-leading research.

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.

Projects include: