Fallon Group has been contracted to carry out demolition and dismantling consultancy in one of the planets most ecologically sensitive environments.
The British Antarctic Survey is a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.
With the RRS Sir David Attenborough, a new polar research ship for Britain, scheduled to enter service in 2019, preparations are underway to form a purpose-built dock facility at Rothera Wharf.
Rothera Research Station, the largest British Antarctic facility, is a centre for biological research and a hub for supporting deep-field and air operations. Situated on Adelaide Island to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula the site includes the Bonner research laboratory, offices and workshops and a crushed rock runway, hanger and wharf. Rothera supports a wide range of BAS, UK university and international collaborative science programmes including the Dirck Gerritsz laboratory that is operated by the Netherlands polar research programme.
Fallon Group’s Contracts Director Lee Smith is currently in Antarctica finalising the methodology for the safe and environmentally responsible dismantling of the existing dock facility in order to make way for the new quay, which will be the home base for the RSS Sir David Attenborough.
“Carrying out the demolition safely in the harsh weather conditions in Antarctica and ensuring that the ecology is protected gives rise to certain challenges. We are addressing each in turn during the consultancy period and plan to carry out the work during December 2018” he said.