Case Study: Halley VI Accommodation Pods

  • Halley VI
  • Halley Internal Accommodation
  • Halley Accommodation
  • Halley VI
  • Halley Internal

Specification Summary

Steel framed accommodation modules bespoke designed and manufactured to meet the highest quality and specifications.

  • Client:

    The British Antarctic Survey

  • Sector:

    Hotels & Leisure

  • Location:

    Antartica

Servaccomm create iconic living accommodation for Halley VI Antarctica Base

Overview

Servaccomm were commissioned to supply the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) with accommodation units for their Halley VI research station on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

About the client

The floating ice shelf, where the current Halley station is located, moves towards the coast by around half a kilometre every year.  Scientists predict that there will be a major calving event in the next few years and there is a growing risk that the current station will be lost.

The brief

Servaccomm were invited to tender for the accommodation modules for the new Halley VI station through Morrison Construction.

The architect supplied the designs for Halley VI and we produced accommodation pods that included neat, compact bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchenette, laundry, boot room, store and a communications room.  The contract consisted of the manufacture of 26 pods in total, which were installed in eight modules providing fully serviced accommodation for 32 people.

How we made it happen

Once the design prototypes were approved, we began the production immediately. The pods travelled as finished units and were craned into the external structure. Once in position, they were simply connected to the electrical circuit and the plumbing.  All 26 pods were delivered to Immingham Docks in early September. From there, they went to Capetown in South Africa where all the elements were consolidated into one construction build sequence.

Once the pods landed in Antarctica they were loaded onto large, super strength sledges that manage up to six tonnes in weight.  they were then dragged to the Halley VI site by snow tractors and stored until needed.

How we excelled

A number of world leaders in the manufacture of modular build were asked to tender for the impressive Halley VI contract and the Servaccomm team were successful based on a combination of factors - professionalism, quality of management, commitment to work with clients in the area of value engineering, and mainly due to our reputation for delivering on time and to the required quality standards.  It was clear that we had significant experience in steel framed modular construction and this was important to the design and construction team.

Design & build features

The pods themselves were traditionally manufactured following a specific design style, which suit the environment in which they are housed.

The contract required Servaccomm to manufacture the pods with a structural steel frame, fully fitted with high quality furniture, incorporating sophisticated electrical and plumbing installations.  High specification materials, fixtures and fittings were used and supplied throughout the pods to ensure they were robust to withstand the constant use and the harsh environment.  The pods were designed for comfort and convenience for the BAS scientists and station team.  

Logistics

Delivery is a logistical challenge and once at their destination, the pods needed protection. Servaccomm developed special covers for protection in transit, and also to stop the fine snow, called spindrift, seeping inside the pods whilst they were stored on location.

Construction of the station is only possible during the Antarctic Summer months, which is December to February.  Morrison Construction estimates it will take three summers to build the final Halley VI.