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.

 

Steven Bremner

Head of Technology and Engineeri

Andrew Jeffries

New Polar Research Vessel

John Nicholson

Project Liaison Officer

David Seaton

Senior Infrastructure Programme Manager

Graham Nightingale

Project Management Support

Andrew Barker

NPRV Associated Projects Project Manager Science







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.



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 …



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.