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Rivals frozen out as duo bags Antarctic deal

Faber Maunsell has clinched a deal to construct the new British Antarctic Survey Halley Research Station.
The consultant has teamed up with Hugh Broughton Architects to design the scientific research station on a floating ice shelf. The double act beat teams headed by Davis Langdon and Buro Happold.

Elevated on ski-based jackable legs to avoid burial by snow, the new modular station can be towed across the ice. It will have renewable energy sources and new environmental strategies for fuel, waste and material handling.

The existing station is located 10,000 miles from the UK on the Brunt Ice Shelf which is 150m thick.

Construction is set to start in January 2007 with completion due in December 2008.