Rothera Research Station. Image: Ramboll. Jenny Symons
This Austral summer, construction work by BAS’s construction partner, BAM, begins at Rothera Research Station as the new Wharf, designed with input from Ramboll, gets underway. Ramboll’s Jenny Symons will be spending the next two months at the station in a site supervision role “I am really looking forward to working with the BAS and BAM teams to start building the new wharf. There has been so much meticulous planning that has gone into this project and it is fantastic to see the works started. It’s such a prestigious project and will be so valuable for continuing the great science research that BAS does in the Antarctic. On station, there is a good vibe, and everyone is excited about the new wharf”.
The new wharf is critical for safe berthing of the RRS Sir David Attenborough and will reduce the manual handling cargo loading/unloading time during station relief. This will in turn allow the ship to spend more time on science research cruises. The construction works will also improve the station’s small boating facilities for marine research. We look forward to hearing updates from the teams as construction progresses over the coming months.
Appointed by NERC as Technical Advisors to BAS (British Antarctic Survey), Ramboll is providing specialist engineering and consultancy services for seven years. Delivering a host of projects within the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP), BAS and its Technical Advisors (including NORR Architects and Turner & Townsend) are preparing for one of the world’s most advanced Polar research ships - the RRS Sir David Attenborough, which will be ready for operation from 2019.