The Engineering Club: Halley VI Antarctic Research Station


Speakers: Peter Ayres, Director, Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton, Director, Hugh Broughton Architects Ltd

The British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI project is the first ever re-locatable modular research station in Antarctica. It will provide a high standard of accommodation for both living and working and propel Antarctic design in to the 21st century. The competition-winning design has been developed in direct response to the demands of the science, the comfort of the residents, buildability and the operations inherent in the life of an Antarctic research station.

Halley is the most southerly research station operated by the British Antarctic Survey and is located on the 150-metre thick floating Brunt Ice Shelf, which moves 400 metres per annum towards the sea. Snow levels rise by over 1 metre every year, and the sun does not rise above the horizon for 105 days during the Austral winter, when temperatures drop to -56°C.

One hundred years after Scott and Shackleton built their timber huts on this frozen continent, Hugh Broughton Architects and Faber Maunsell’s designs for Halley VI will introduce the very best accommodation for both living and working, linking together ski-based jackable modules to create a dramatic new station.

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