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Keyline Civils Specialists Set Sail for the Antarctic

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Collaboration with Hanson Ketton and BAM Nuttall help coordinate and construct a new specialised research centre in Antarctica

Rothera Research Station, the largest British Antarctic facility, specialising in biological research and air operations, is undergoing huge modernisation, including construction of the new Rothera Wharf. This will improve ship and boating operations, amongst other factors. Keyline, the UK’s number one distributor for civils, have been invited to help coordinate this exciting project.

Keyline Civils Specialists, working in partnership with Hanson Ketton cement, commenced original talks with construction partner BAM Nuttall in 2017. The long-term project will take place over two Antarctic seasons, where workers will be met with chilling temperatures, as low as 0°C. The first shipment left English soil from Middlesbrough dock in December 2018, whilst more was organised for January and February 2019, too.

Rothera station is a world leading climate change research facility and supports a wide range of BAS, UK university and international collaborative science programmes. The latest addition to the modernisation of the centre will include the RRS Sir David Attenborough, one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world. This is part of a major Government polar infrastructure investment programme designed to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Keyline Civils Specialists South East Estimating office have helped coordinate this project and are continuing to work in partnership to supply the Antarctic with the necessary material to make this idea a reality.

John Caffery, Bid Estimating and Support Manager, Keyline Civils, comments “We are thrilled that Keyline Civils Specialists has been asked to be a part of such an inspiring and innovative project. This is just the start of bigger things to come in the near future for Keyline Civils Specialists. We love working in partnership with respected brands and this is a prime example of how something great can come out of collaborating.”

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