The British Antarctic Survey has set out plans for a £100m construction and improvement package for its Antarctic and south Atlantic research stations.
Following the commissioning of its new polar research vessel in 2015, the BAS is looking to appoint a construction partner to help with the modernisation package over the next three to 10 years.
The overall package of works is expected to be worth between £40m and £100m.
Construction works will begin with alterations to the harbour and slipway at the Antarctic station of Rothera, to allow the polar research vessel to dock at the station in 2018.
At the same time, a full modernisation plan will begin and will continue into 2017. The plan aims to improve the overall effectiveness of the stations in terms of science capability, sustainability, energy efficiency and standard of living for scientists and staff based at the station.
Works will include new station buildings at Rothera, aircraft hangar re-cladding and extension, new station facilities at Signy Island in the south Atlantic, and the demolition of existing buildings in Antarctica.
For demolition works, all waste will have to be transported and disposed of outside Antarctica. There will also be an additional requirement for construction of warehousing facilities in the UK and across the south Atlantic, while the package will include renewable energy installations across the BAS facilities in Antarctica.
Infrastructure works will include the construction of fuel storage tanks at Antarctic research facilities, repairs to the aircraft landing strip at Rothera, new or re-furbished jetties at island research locations, and alterations to science and communications towers across the Antarctic and south Atlantic.
It will also include various construction works for the BAS at its headquarters in Cambridge and at other UK locations.
The BAS will look to appoint a construction partner that has experience of civils, building and facilities work, while risk management will be shared across the BAS and any potential construction partner.
An industry day will be held in early summer.