The Halley VI Antarctic Research Station has been voted top project of the 30 years of the British Construction Industry Awards in a public vote.
To celebrate the 30th running of the British Construction Industry Awards, this summer New Civil Engineer has been running a poll to pick out a People’s Champion Project from the 29 years of previous winners.
From a longlist featuring iconic projects including High Speed 1, the Channel Tunnel, the Tsing Ma bridge, the Shard and the Eden Project the Halley VI project stormed to victory claiming 60% of the 1,000 votes cast.
Located on the Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica, the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station is one of the most challenging and technically complex buildings ever delivered in what is the harshest climate on earth.
It is a globally recognised project, delivered by Peter Ayres’ UK-based Aecom team for client British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The team included Hugh Broughton Architects and Galliford Try International.
Halley VI wins BCIA 30th anniversary award
Such is the significance of the project it now has its own Lego version, and its own range of stamps.
Then science minister, David Willetts, hailed the project as a triumph of British design, innovation and engineering, while BAS board member Michael Pinnock hailed it “a major step forward in the evolution of British polar stations and the culmination of a truly collaborative approach”.
The project even had a starring role on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s “Britain is Great” export campaign.
The genius behind the project was Aecom director Peter Ayres. He received the award from BCIA founder and former New Civil Engineer editor Hugh Ferguson at the gala awards ceremony in London last week.