Named for the discovery of Antarctica 200 years ago, The Discovery Building is a science and research facility, part of the modernization of the Rothera Research Station for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), this long-term programme will enable a world-leading capability to ensure that Britain remains at the forefront of climate, biodiversity and ocean research in the polar regions. The design vision is to update and restore infrastructure, and to consolidate a series of outdated structures into a new 50,000-square-foot facility to be completed in 2024.
Minimizing environmental impact and embracing the highest environmental standards are critical to this project. The use of renewable energy, including photovoltaic solar panels, the building will minimize snow accumulation around the entire perimeter and feature a slight pitched roof and wind deflector, the largest of its kind in Antarctica. The building has energy-saving features, including a thermally-efficient building envelope, heat recovery generators and thermal stores, and a ventilation system with air exchanges based on occupancy. Vibrant colors, natural roof lights and open-office concepts help boost mood and wellbeing during long winters
Delivering the new energy-efficient building is the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP) partnership, which includes construction partner BAM and their team – design consultants Sweco, and Hugh Broughton Architects providing delivery design. Ramboll is acting as British Antarctic Survey’s Technical Advisors, with their team – architects NORR providing concept design and Turner & Townsend providing cost management. The partnership encompasses a range of suppliers and subcontractors providing knowledge, materials and equipment to execute the project in extreme conditions. Follow the work in progress.
Visualisation credit: ©HBA – BAS Science and Operations Building at Rothera Research Station.
Timelapse video credit: BAS
- 2021 BCI Awards, Partnership Initiative of the Year: Highly Commended
AIMP Partnership: UKRI/NERC/BAS, Ramboll, BAM, Sweco, NORR, Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme – British Antarctic Survey
- 2020 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence Awards, Mark of Excellence for our joint campaign, to celebrate the naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough.
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