Fallon Group are working with BAM to advise on dismantling infrastructure in one of the planet’s most sensitive environments. BAM is partnering with British Antarctic Survey on a major Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.
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 has recently been in Antarctica helping finalise the methodology for the safe and environmentally responsible dismantling of the existing dock facility to make way for the new quay, which subject to the formal approvals process, will be the major port of call for the RSS Sir David Attenborough.
“Carrying out the dismantling safely in the harsh weather conditions in Antarctica and ensuring that the environment is protected gives rise to certain challenges and we have addressed each in turn during the consultancy period with BAM commented Lee Smith, Contracts Director at Fallon Group.