Scott Base Redevelopment

New Zealand’s commitment and strategic interests in Antarctica began with the development of Scott Base in 1957 as a supporting base for the Trans Antarctic Expedition. The base has been continuously occupied since its establishment, and since then, the base has had numerous upgrades and redevelopments, ensuring its ability to support New Zealand’s key Antarctic objectives. The last major infrastructure investment occurred in the 1980s and mid-1990s.

Fly through of the proposed design

Scott Base is our home on ice and the strategic hub for scientists for New Zealand and across the globe to carry out some of the most important research in the world.

As part of Budget 2019 the Government has committed $18.5 million for the next phase of the Scott Base Redevelopment project.

The project would see the existing base, built in the early 80s and made up of 12 separate buildings, replaced by three large interconnected buildings and a separate helicopter hangar.

The new base could accommodate up to 100 people at a time.

Of the three buildings one is designed for accommodation, dining and welfare, the second for science and management and the third for engineering and storage.





Proposed Design

Latest News

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4 February 2020

Is this the world’s coldest job interview?

Five construction companies, shortlisted to build the new Scott Base, are heading to Antarctica. But this is no polar jolly, the aim of the trip is to give them first-hand experience of Scott Base and the challenges of the Antarc… Read More

Ross island website
5 December 2019

Tsunami report for Scott Base

An earthquake originating in Mexico could be the most likely cause of a tsunami that would impact New Zealand’s presence in Antarctica, a study shows. Antarctica New Zealand commissioned a tsunami hazard study to inform the plan… Read More

Artists impression proposed Scott Base Medium
23 September 2019

Could you build our base in Antarctica?

Antarctica New Zealand is looking for a construction partner for the Scott Base Redevelopment project. But this is a job interview with a difference: the selection process involves a trip to Antarctica. “This is no junket though… Read More

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