Jasmax: NZ Architect for Antarctica Scott Base

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Sarah Rothwell

Jasmax are extremely proud to have been appointed the NZ architects for Antarctica New Zealand’s Scott Base Redevelopment. We are working in partnership with internationally-acclaimed Hugh Broughton Architects on ‘New Zealand’s coolest redevelopment’.

Leading the Jasmax team are Principals Euan Mac Kellar and Stephen Middleton, who are working closely alongside Hugh Broughton, the Director of his own UK-based architecture firm. Euan and Stephen are both experts in the delivery of complex healthcare and teaching projects. Their understanding of the design of highly specialist scientific research and development facilities, alongside Hugh’s previous experience of designing buildings in Antarctica, makes for a powerful international partnership.

The project itself is the redevelopment of Scott Base at the foot of Mt Erebus. Redevelopment is required to provide safety and comfort to the scientists that spend months in one of the world’s harshest climates. Stephen comments, “The research that comes out of Antarctica literally changes the way we understand our planet. These projects cover analysis on everything from ocean to atmosphere, and their findings are constantly cited worldwide. To be able to work alongside Antarctica NZ and the wider design and delivery team is a privilege. Our vision is to create an environment that will transform the experiences of the scientists and those that have a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit or work in this incredible place.”

After issuing a global tender, Antarctica New Zealand selected an international team across the four areas of architecture, quantity surveying, structural/civil engineering and building services, that can deliver on cold climate design. The team has already made two trips to Antarctica, viewing both New Zealand’s Scott Base, and visiting the Americans at their neighbouring McMurdo Station.

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