Antarctica project engineers chosen
Firm is named as partner in £100 million construction venture
A Peterborough-based engineering consultancy has been chosen to play a key role in a £100 million project to create a research centre in Antarctica. Engineering, environmental and design consultancy Sweco, in St John’s Street, has partnered with civil engineering company BAM Nuttall to provide design and construction services for the modernisationofresearchfacilities in Antarctica.
The £ 100 million programme, commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), will take place over the next 10 years and will enable British scientists to continue vital research into majorissues facing the planet.
Iain Scott, Sweco’s director of transportation, said: “We are extremely pleased to be BAM Nuttall’s design partneronthisprojecttomodernise its research facilities.
“Welookforwardtoapplying our cold climate design and construction expertise onsuchahighprofileproject. Eachstagewillposeanumber of significant challenges and will require a diverse range of skills.”
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The icy terrain in Antarctica will pose challenges for a £100 million research centre plan.