The redevelopment of Scott Base, New Zealand’s home in Antarctica, is the largest and most complex project ever undertaken by Antarctica New Zealand. Join us for an insightful presentation into the project and all its complexities. This event will examine the core topics of resilience, technology and wellbeing in what is arguably the harshest environment in the world.
5:30pm–7:30pm, Thursday 24 March
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland CBD
Free for NZIOB Members / $25 plus GST for Non-Members
Simon Shelton – Scott Base Redevelopment Senior Project Manager
Iain Miller – Project Manager, Leighs Construction
Will Parker – Technical Director, Property & Buildings, WSP
About the Project
The Scott Base Redevelopment project will see the aging infrastructure replaced with a safe, fit-for-purpose, and sustainable research facility that will support New Zealand’s presence in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica for the next 50 years.
The new base will continue Aotearoa’s long legacy on the icy continent and strengthen our ability to support world-leading research in one of the most remote places on the planet. Consisting of three interconnected buildings that can accommodate up to 100 people, the new base will include an accommodation, dining and welfare building, a science and management building, and an engineering and storage building.
Due to the remote location and short summer period, the window to build in Antarctica is small. The plan is to pre-construct all buildings at PrimePort Timaru in New Zealand and ship them to Antarctica on a large heavy transport vessel in large modular sections. Specialised trailers will be used to transport the building sections on and off the vessel and into final position at Scott Base. The existing base will be deconstructed and returned to New Zealand, along with all waste, equipment and materials.
The new base is planned to be up and running in 2028.