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, construction partner BAM Nuttall, 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.

King Edward Point Research Station on the island of South Georgia

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

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.

Graham Hopper

Partnership Operations Director

Lloyd Wickens

Construction Manager

Daan Aldenberg

Project 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

Luke Bradley

Discipline Leader – Marine

Tony McGlory

Discipline Leader – MEP

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 …