British Antarctic Survey’s latest facility breaks ground

Ramboll and Sweco responsible for services and sustainability design at Rothera facility

The Discovery Building is a new operations facility for the British Antarctic Survey

Construction of the Discovery Building, a new operations facility for the British Antarctic Survey, started on site in January, at the Rothera Research Station.

The project is being delivered by BAM, design consultants Sweco, and Hugh Broughton Architects, with Ramboll acting as technical advisers, with NORR architects and Turner & Townsend.

Ramboll and Sweco are both responsible for the services and sustainability design. Ramboll has carried out the the concept design and Sweco has developed it.

The two-storey, 4,500m2 building’s envelope will be formed with composite insulated metal panels and triple glazing to create an airtight and thermally-efficient enclosure. Rooflights will bring natural light into the centre of the building.