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Halley VI arrives at Antarctica base

The first space frame for the Halley VI Antarctic survey base was unloaded at the British Antarctic Survey site last week, after arriving from South Africa on Boxing Day.

Faber Maunsell structural engineer Danny Wood is at the base, on the Antarctic Brunt Ice Shelf, supervising module construction.

Modules are on stilts to keep buildings clear of 1.5m annual snowfall. The Halley VI is also on skis, so it can be moved.

Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects won the design competition to construct the station in 2005.

Halley VI will be used to study atmospheric sciences, geology and glaciology. Modules are designed to withstand temperatures of -56 degrees C. Construction will take 10 weeks.

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