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.

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Scott Base Redevelopment Project
3 August 2020

A Green Building on the White Continent

A Green Building on the White Continent The colour of the new Scott Base may not be decided, but one thing is clear – the building will be green. Antarctica New Zealand, together with the New Zealand Green Building Council, has d… Read More

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31 July 2020

We're Hiring!

We've just opened vacancies for two fixed term roles in the SBR team! These roles will support the safe and successful construction of a large temporary base in Antarctica!The Project Manager will represent Antarctica New Zealand… Read More

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15 June 2020

NZ company to rebuild our home in Antarctica

Antarctica New Zealand is delighted to announce Leighs Construction Limited has been selected as the preferred main contractor for the Scott Base Redevelopment project. Leighs, a New Zealand owned and operated construction compan… Read More

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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