King Edward Point Research Station Modernisation

King Edward Point Research Station Modernisation

King Edward Point (KEP) is a research station focusing on applied fisheries research and long-term monitoring studies of seals and penguins on South Georgia. Access to King Edward Point – and South Georgia as a whole – is generally only possible by ship, so a wharf that can safely moor and accommodate ships operating in the region is a necessity.

KEP is owned by the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI), whose officers are also based at the station on a rotational basis, and operated by British Antarctic Survey. BAS’s existing ships and the new polar ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, as well as the Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector and SG Pharos, GSGSSI’s fisheries patrol vessel, are the main vessels expected to moor at KEP.

BAS researchers at King Edward Point also regularly use rigid inflatable hull boats (RIBs), survey boats and workboats. The new wharf will be suitable for berthing and mooring these small boats, and a slipway will provide access to the boathouse.

BAS operational and logistics teams are working closely with Masters of existing BAS ships and engineering consultants from Ramboll to build a wharf that fulfills all these requirements. The modernisation works at King Edward Point are scheduled to take place during the 2019/20 Austral summer season.

All works will be carried out in accordance with permission granted by the GSGSSI following submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment.

The aims of the King Edward Point research station modernisation project are to:

  • Enable safe and efficient berthing and mooring of the RRS Sir David Attenborough and other ships and the transfer of personnel and cargo
  • Continued and improved capability for launching, mooring and retrieving small boats including RIBs, workboats and survey boats for research purposes
  • Facilitate the continuous presence of GSGSSI officials on South Georgia

Joseph Corner

Project Support - Site Supervisor

David Seaton

Senior Infrastructure Programme Manager

Infrastructure Project Management Teams

Industry project delivery partners

Our in-house project management, operational and logistics teams are working closely with external partners to deliver the modernisation projects at BAS’s Antarctic research stations.

BAM Nuttall

BAM Nuttall is British Antarctic Survey’s construction partner for the Rothera & Islands modernisation projects.

Allan Rogers

Partnership Director

Graham Hopper

Partnership Operations Director

Gerard Turk

Director of Operations – Antarctic

David Phethean

Project Lead

Lloyd Wickens

Construction Manager

Stewart Craigie

Design Team Leader

Neil Goulding

Procedures Controller









Ramboll is British Antarctic Survey’s technical advisor, supporting a number of projects in the Antarctic.

Dave Grove

Contract Director

Bruce Wulff

Contract Lead

Kate Bunting

Project Manager – Buildings

Fanny Arendt

Project Manager – Logistics

Alan Eggleton

Project Manager – Marine

Jenny O’Brien

Project Manager – Facilities

Celestine Schwabe

Asst. Project Manager

Matti Utriainen

Discipline Leader – Logistics

Luke Bradley

Discipline Leader – Marine

Andreas Nitschke

Discipline Leader – Antarctica

Tony McGlory

Discipline Leader – MEP

Stephen West

Discipline Leader – Geotechnics

Ben Rowe

Discipline Leader – Structures

Nigel Cossons

Discipline Leader – Environment

Construction partner announced

4 January, 2017

Construction expert BAM has been chosen to partner with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to modernise UK Antarctic and other research facilities, enabling British scientists to continue delivering world class research …

King Edward Point Research Station

King Edward Point is a centre for applied fisheries research.  Owned by the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) and operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) this …