Estates team

The British Antarctic Survey Estates Team, based in Cambridge, has responsibility for the buildings and facilities management of our Cambridge site as well as out stations in Antarctica.

Our ambition

Is to support delivery of world-class science in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Our role is to ensure that BAS is able to conduct safety-critical operations at the limits of human and equipment performance.

Team priorities

  • Delivery of a safe, responsive and reliable service 24/7/365 in dispersed, isolated and exposed locations
  • Driving continuous improvement in our services to ensure that all aspects of our facilities in Cambridge and the Antarctic are fit for purpose, now and into the future
  • Work closely with colleagues in the BAS Project Office, technical advisors, construction partners and key stakeholders to deliver the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme
  • Delivering safe, environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure

Technology, innovation and training

  • Optimise the use of digital tools to manage our work, including Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Management (BIM) systems

Stakeholder engagement

  • Establish and maintain positive and mutually beneficial relationships with construction partners and technical advisors
  • Support science and operational colleagues
  • Work in partnership with NERC Estates team
Solar panels on New Bransfield House at Rothera Research Station, Antarctica
Solar panels on New Bransfield House at Rothera Research Station, Antarctica



Jane Bowland

Facilities Engineer - Halley


Peter Smith

Interim Head of Estates


Dave Ingham

Cambridge Estate Manager


Joe Meddle

Electrical Services Engineer


Madeleine Millar

Officer Services Team Leader


Andrew Starling

Building Services Technician

BAS win global award for facilities management

14 May, 2024

British Antarctic Survey has won the Gold Award at the Global FM Awards of Excellence 2024 for ‘The British Antarctic Survey Facilities and Estates team’. Pete Smith (Interim Head of …

Estates and Facilities Team win prestigious award

17 October, 2023

Congratulations to our Estates and Facilities Team who have won the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management’s (IFWM) Impact Awards 2023 under the “Team of the Year: Public Sector” category.   …

Labs in Antarctica and Cambridge Receive Sustainability Award

19 January, 2022

Scientific labs at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in their Cambridge headquarters and at Rothera Research Station in Antarctica have achieved a sustainability award from the Laboratory Sustainability Efficiency Assessment (LEAF) …

NEWS STORY: Antarctic building workshop

18 May, 2015

Announcement of opportunity – Antarctic construction works associated with a new polar research vessel. Cambridge Seminar 4 June 2015 In April 2014 the British Government earmarked more than £200 million …

NEWS STORY: Design opportunity

13 December, 2013

Architectural design opportunity – British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has advertised an opportunity to design and deliver a new Innovation Centre at its Cambridge offices.  The commission …