The proposed Scott Base Redevelopment is the largest project ever undertaken by Antarctica New Zealand

It would be a complex multi-year project that would significantly underpin New Zealand’s strategic interests in Antarctica. The purpose of the proposed Scott Base Redevelopment is to fully address known risks and issues with the current, aging infrastructure and provide a fit for purpose, environmentally sustainable research base that will support New Zealand’s physical presence in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica for the next 40 years. Antarctica New Zealand received $18.5 million in Budget 2019 to move to the next design phase for the project.

Continued commitment & influence within the Antarctic Treaty System, requires Antarctica New Zealand to produce high quality science, and maintain a credible year-round physical presence on Ross Island, Antarctica. While there is no question about the quality of scientific research, the physical presence on Ross Island currently relies upon infrastructure, some of which is 40 years old, deteriorating, and reducing in reliability. This is affecting the ability to deliver effective logistics and adequately support the users of the base with a fit for purpose facility. Recent assessments of Scott Base have identified ten of the eleven core buildings as having health and safety, resilience, compliance or fit for purpose issues.

See Minister's announcement here

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Project Objectives

  • Provide a modern, safe and healthy environment for people while living and working at Scott Base for the next forty years.
  • Provide fit for purpose infrastructure to enable New Zealand’s continuous presence in the Ross Dependency
  • Enable effective logistics support to maintain and enhance high quality science at Scott Base
  • Protect the Antarctic environment
  • Maintain New Zealand’s presence and credibility within the Antarctic Treaty System
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Where we are at

Over the next two years the $18.5 million committed by the Government in Budget 2019 will be used to complete the detailed design of the new base.

The next phase of the redevelopment programme involves undertaking a period of engagement with the construction market. A small number of successful organisations can expect to work with us from late 2019 for about 18 months to ensure greater certainty of project costs, duration, risks and opportunities. The main contractor will be selected at the end of this process once implementation funding is approved.

An ROI will be issued in September on the government procurement site. For more detail please refer to the Main Contractor Briefing pack.