WSP Opus is excited to be involved the redevelopment of New Zealand’s home in Antarctica – Scott Base. The remote station is in need of redevelopment to manage risk, maintain standards and support the needs of New Zealand’s world-class scientists.
The WSP Opus team will be part of a team of experts that will spend the next 12 months creating concept designs based on user requirements and site investigations to understand environmental restrictions. Antarctica New Zealand will then recommend a preferred option for a modern, low-impact, efficient facility that satisfies New Zealand’s scientific needs and strategic interests. This Detailed Business Case with concept designs will be presented to the government in December 2018.
Antarctica New Zealand has contracted experts in four disciplines that can deliver on cold climate design.
The four experts within each discipline are:
- Architecture: Jasmax-Hugh Broughton Architects
- Quantity Surveying: Turner and Townsend
- Structural/Civil Engineering: WSP Opus
- Building Services: Steensen Varming
Scott Base Redevelopment Project Manager, Simon Shelton, says the chosen companies fit well with Antarctica New Zealand’s values and passion for the harsh continent. “It’s important to us that they complement Antarctica New Zealand on this journey. They need to be able to work as part of our organisation and understand our environmental, cultural and logistical requirements,” he says. “We chose these organisations for their operational skill, innovation, values and willingness to collaborate”.