The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP)*

03 July 2024 , Webinar Add to calendar

Join this BOS / CIRIA webinar to discover innovative engineering feats and the benefits of modern methods of construction at the world’s most extreme construction site as the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) modernises our Antarctic infrastructure for future generations of polar scientists.

*Important – event date
This webinar will no longer take place on Wednesday 3 July 2024. We will reschedule the event and announce the new date shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience.

BAS is replacing old buildings in Antarctica that have reached the end of their life with modern and energy-efficient infrastructure. The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme was commissioned by UK Research Innovation (UKRI) and National Environment Research Council (NERC). The £670m programme which launched in 2017 will see a number of projects carried out in Antarctica to support climate change global research scientists, and the search for bio-renewable energy.

AIMP projects which are in progress include:

  • Discovery Building (2019-2025)
  • Rothera Renewable Energy
  • Hangar Redevelopment
  • Signy Research Station Redevelopment (commencing 2024)

Several construction milestones were completed during the 2022-23 season including making the Discovery Building (the new science and operations facility) weathertight, and the runway replacement lighting becoming operational and is more energy efficient. The focus for the 2023-24 season was the internal fit-out of the Discovery Building and resurfacing the runway.

Attendees will hear first-hand from the project partners about how they operate safely and sustainably using digital construction to help deliver work and overcome potential risks from adverse weather, icebergs, and natural wildlife.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.

Why attend

  • Hear how the AIMP is delivering projects that strike a balance between safe, usable facilities in one of the world’s harshest environments while operating at net-zero carbon emissions.
  • Learn how the project partners carefully plan the AIMP projects to minimise operational and other risks, and to complete the works in the limited six-month ‘construction season’ each year.
  • Understand the vital role Information Management plays in collecting accurate and structured project information data to the right people at the right time to enable confident decision making by the key stakeholders.
  • Gain insight into the logistics to deliver people, supplies and containers of cargo needed for modernising Rothera Research Station.
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Tier 1 contractors, clients, designers, technical advisors


We are rescheduling this webinar and will announce the new date shortly.

11:00 Welcome and introduction
Dr David Hancock MBA, Chair, CIRIA Executive Board, and
Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority,
Reporting to HM Treasury and Cabinet Office

Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA
11:10 Overview of AIMP
11:30 Planning of construction, health and wellbeing considerations, and use of Information Management
11:50 Delivery of projects and consideration of logistics
12:10 Interactive discussion and Q&A
12:30 Closing remarks

Additional Information

Fees and booking
BOS members – Free to attend – Complete and return the booking form to Charlotte Draper
CIRIA members – Free to attend – Register online via CIRIA website
Non-members – £50 + VAT until 5 June 2024 – £75 + VAT from 6 June 2024 – Register online via CIRIA website

Alternatively please contact us on 07933 181 765 or email our Customer Services team.
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