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WSP Opus to engineer Antarctica’s Scott Base overhaul

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WSP Opus is to provide the civil and structural engineering for the redevelopment of the Scott Base in Antarctica.

The current research facility is reaching the end of its functional life and the new team will develop four concept designs, with a preferred option then being chosen. A detailed design will then be presented to the New Zealand government at the end of the year. The New Zealand government is providing NZ$6.1M (£3.2M) for the detailed business case development.

The team also includes Jasmax and Hugh Broughton Architects, quantity surveyor Turner & Townsend and building services firm Steensen Varming.

Scott Base redevelopment project manager Simon Shelton said: “The team needs to be able to work as part of our organisation and understand our environmental, cultural and logistical requirements,” he says. “We chose these organisations for their operational skill, innovation, values and willingness to collaborate.”

Opus International Consultants was bought by WSP for £146M last year.

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