Researching Antarctica: Resorting to skis

Researching Antarctica: Resorting to skis

Halley Research Station, run by the British Antarctic Survey, is located on the Brunt Ice Shelf floating on the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. It is a British research facility dedicated to the study of the Earth’s atmosphere.

It is a structure which, like Halley V, is jacked up on legs to keep it above the accumulation of snow. Unlike Halley V, there are skis on the bottom of these legs which allows the building to be relocated periodically.

It is a string of 8 modules, each on stilts with skis. It was operational from 28th Feb 2012. The Drewry summer accommodation building and the garage from Halley V were dragged to the Halley VI location and continue to be used.

An architectural design competition was launched by RIBA Competitions and the British Antarctic Survey in June 2004 to provide a new design for Halley VI. The competition was entered by a number of architectural and engineering firms. The winning design, by Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects was chosen in July 2005.

In this interview Hugh Broughton, the architect behind the British Antarctic Survey’s new Halley VI research station, explains how to keep scientists comfortable in the most adverse of conditions:

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