Infrastructure Project Management Teams

Our ambition

Our goal is to ensure the successful initiation, planning, design, execution and monitoring, of a suite of large-scale infrastructure projects that will support UK ambitions to stay at the forefront of polar research and exploration.  Our projects include the RRS Sir David Attenborough and a suite of infrastructure modernisation projects at BAS’s Antarctic research stations. We work in partnership with the NERC Programme Management Office, with our technical advisors, Ramboll, our construction partner BAM-SWECO, and the BAS Estates Team.

Team priorities

  • To deliver quality assurance and best practice; including contributing to the development of business cases; complying with project governance policies, attending programme boards, solving problems and providing expert advice to NERC and BAS leadership teams
  • To ensure that large-scale infrastructure projects are delivered on time and within budget, representing excellent value for taxpayer money
  • To deliver polar infrastructure facillities that meet the specifications and requirements of the scientists who will use them
  • To deliver “future-proof” facilities that meet the requirements of cutting-edge multidisciplinary research now and in the future

Stakeholder engagement

  • We work closely with researchers from a wide range of disciplines to ensure that the RRS Sir David Attenborough, Rothera and the islands research stations are designed and built with relevant and suitable laboratory spaces and scientific equipment
  • We collaborate with UK polar researchers within BAS and the Universities to ensure that their needs are met
  • We collaborate with colleagues in NERC and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to demonstrate proper governance and management of public money.



Andrew Lee

Strategic Procurement Advisor


Ingrid Richardson

Programme Planner


Jenny Reavell

Risk and Assurance Manager


Damaris Trandafir

Major Capital Projects Finance Lead


Julien Fynn

Assistant Management Accountant


Alice Blane

Programme Administrator


Clare Fothergill

Project Manager AIMP Rothera Renewable Energy


David Brand

Senior Project Manager Rothera Modernisation


Joseph Stebbing

Project Manager Rothera Runway Upgrade


Jane Peacock

Senior Information Manager


Andrew Barker

FAC Integration Project Manager


Graham Nightingale

Information Manager


Natalia Ford

AIMP Sustainability Manager


Katie Handford

Assistant Project Manager (Commissioning) AIMP


Ben Checkley

Assistant Project Manager AIMP


Kathleen Maclean

Project Communications and Engagement Manager

Rothera Research Station Modernisation

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.

New season begins for Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation programme

2 December, 2022

The next phase of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation programme (AIMP) is set to begin with a 6-month construction season at Rothera Research Station. The station is the UK’s largest Antarctic research and operations hub that supports leading researchers in frontier science in the region. 

Antarctica drawing competition launches

2 November, 2022

The British Antarctic Survey and its partners are launching a drawing competition for schools, to inspire the next generation of polar engineers, scientists and explorers. School children between the ages …

BAS’ 2021-2022 field season has ended

27 May, 2022

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) field season has finished for another year.   RRS Sir David Attenborough departed Rothera Research Station for the final time earlier in May and is …

BAS Shortlisted for British Construction Industry Awards (BCI)

21 July, 2021

British Antarctic Survey and the partners delivering the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme are finalists for this year’s British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards in the ‘Partnership Initiative of the Year’ category. …

New building at Rothera breaks ground

30 January, 2020

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica by the British naval officer Edward Bransfield on this date in 1820, a new building to facilitate the …

Ramboll re-awarded Technical Advisor role

16 January, 2020

Engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll has been re-appointed as Technical Advisors for British Antarctic Survey (BAS), successfully winning the next phase of work in a series of projects to …

RRS Sir David Attenborough latest milestones

16 January, 2020

BIRKENHEAD. The RRS Sir David Attenborough achieved two important milestones at Cammell Laird’s shipyard this month with the commissioning and testing of lifeboats and power systems. The ship is in …

Antarctica: Getting Ready for RRS Sir David Attenborough

19 December, 2019

A major modernisation programme at British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station begins its second ‘summer season’ this month with the arrival of a 60-plus person team from BAM. Construction …

First Antarctic construction season success

21 May, 2019

ANTARCTICA: At the onset of the Antarctic winter British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station bids farewell to 50 construction workers.  They have spent the last six months building the …

Practice makes perfect

26 September, 2018

The construction team responsible for building a new Antarctic wharf at Rothera Research Station  have been practicing full-scale assembly of the 30 tonne steel rigs in Southampton before deployment South. …

New polar research ship makes a ‘splash’

11 July, 2018

RRS Sir David Attenborough hull launch into River Mersey 14 July Update 20 July 2018 – watch video of launch A major milestone in the build of the UK’s state-of-the-art …

The RRS Sir David Attenborough in the virtual wind tunnel

27 October, 2017

The RRS Sir David Attenborough (SDA) just got another step closer to completion as the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) investigated the aerodynamic performance of Britain’s new polar research vessel using a computer generated ‘virtual wind tunnel’

New polar ship construction milestone

18 August, 2017

A major feat of engineering takes place this week (21 August) as the “stern section” of the new polar research ship for Britain, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, is transported …

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 …

NEWS STORY: New polar ship contract signed

23 November, 2015

The contract for the UK’s new polar research ship was signed NERC’s Chief Operating Office Paul Fox and Cammell Laird Chief Executive, John Syvret CBE on Friday 19 November 2015 …

NEWS STORY: New polar ship bidder selected

12 October, 2015

Government announces preferred bidder to build new polar ship Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson announced today that the preferred bidder to build a new polar research …

NEWS STORY: Funding announced for new ship

25 April, 2014

New polar research ship for UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP announced this week (Friday 25 April 2014) that the Government has earmarked more than …

BLOG: Journey into polar engineering

23 June, 2021 by Katie Handford

This International Women in Engineering Day 2021, Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme Trainee Project Manager Katie Handford shares her journey into polar engineering.  I started in high school designing, building and racing 24V electrically powered …

Life in Antarctica

15 February, 2021 by Livia Oldland

Billy Thursfield, Sub-Agent for BAM, is currently working on the construction of the new science and operations facility at Rothera Research Station, the Discovery Building. Here he reflects on working …

Guest blog. RRS Sir David Attenborough: The story so far

20 April, 2017 by Paul Fox

Paul Fox, Senior Responsible Officer for RRS Sir David Attenborough, has written a guest blog for a behind-the-scenes look at NERC’s commission of a new polar research ship for Britain and the associated Antarctic infrastructure modernisation programme.