Holmes Fire is headed south to Antarctica!

Holmes Fire are pleased to be the appointed fire engineer for the redevelopment of Antarctica New Zealand’s Scott Base. Mike Inwood (Branch Manager/Project Director) and Reuben Costello (Senior Fire Engineer) from the Holmes Fire Christchurch office are the primary team for the project.

Holmes Fire will be working within the building services team, led by Steensen Varming. The wider consultant team include:

Architecture: Jasmax-Hugh Broughton Architects

Quantity Surveying: Turner and Townsend

Structural/Civil Engineering: WSP Opus

Building Services: Steensen Varming

The existing Scott Base facility is reaching the end of its functional life. The redevelopment of Scott Base will allow scientists from across the globe to continue researching some of the most important science of this generation. The outcome will be a facility fit for purpose to support our world-leading scientists in one of the most isolated places on Earth for the next 50 years.

The design of a building in Antarctica presents specific challenges due to the remote location and unique climate. The design and implementation of fire safety at the base needs to consider life safety in the immediate period during the fire event, long term operation of the base post fire, and asset protection/robustness.

Given the location and harsh environmental conditions in Antarctica, certain bespoke fire safety solutions, developed from first principles, will be required to ensure that the designs either meet, or indeed surpass, NZ fire safety design and best practice.

The team at Holmes Fire are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

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Photo Credit: Photo from ANZ attributed to Fiona Shanhun