28 April 2022
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Scott Base: New Zealand's coolest Redevelopment 

The redevelopment of Scott Base, New Zealand’s home in Antarctica, is the largest and most complex project ever undertaken by Antarctica New Zealand.
The redevelopment of Scott Base will see the aging infrastructure replaced with a safe, fit-for-purpose, and sustainable research facility that will support New Zealand’s presence in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica for the next 50 years.
The new base will continue Aotearoa’s long legacy on the icy continent and strengthen our ability to support world-leading research in one of the most remote places on the planet!
Consisting of three interconnected buildings that can accommodate up to 100 people, the new base will include an accommodation, dining and welfare building, a science and management building, and an engineering and storage building.
Due to the remote location and short summer period, the window to build in Antarctica is small. The plan is to pre-construct all buildings at PrimePort Timaru in New Zealand and ship them to Antarctica on a large heavy transport vessel in large modular sections. Specialised trailers will be used to transport the building sections on and off the vessel and into final position at Scott Base.
The existing base will be deconstructed and returned to New Zealand, along with all waste, equipment and materials.
The new base is planned to be up and running in 2028.
The ultimate ‘Built to Last’ case study, this event will examine the core topics of resilience, technology and wellbeing in what is arguably the harshest environment in the world.

Presenters Simon Shelton, Iain Miller, Will Parker 
Date Thursday, 12 May 
Time 5.30pm - 7.30pm 
Location Online, this is a live stream of the Christchurch event.
Cost Free for NZIOB Members* / $25 +GST for Non-Members
CPD Credits 3

*NZIOB membership is based on individuals, not organisations. To check if someone in your organisation is a member, to request a membership number, or to enquire about membership, please email


This event is brought to you by:

Simon Shelton 
Scott Base Redevelopment Senior Project Manager

Simon Shelton was born as close as safely possible to Scott Base in Invercargill, he then grew up in the Antarctic gateway city of Christchurch. Needless to say, this naturally led him to a career with Antarctica New Zealand beginning in 2011. Simon has led the Scott Base Redevelopment project team from the initiation of the project in 2016. Prior to this, as Project Manager, he successfully delivered the $6.3m upgrades to the Hillary Field Centre at Scott Base. Simon has wintered at Scott Base twice, once as the Scott Base Winter Leader and Field Support, and in 2015 as Project Manager.
Before working for Antarctica New Zealand, Simon worked on commercial, industrial and humanitarian projects in Australia, Afghanistan, India and New Zealand, following his passion for remote and challenging projects. He enjoys leading teams, environmental stewardship and science.  

Iain Miller, Certificate in EngineeringBCom 
Project Manager - Leighs Construction Limited

With more than 20 years of direct commercial, project and cost management experience, Iain is highly experienced in directing complex projects of scale within challenging environments.
Iain has a diverse background in commercial and project management / leadership and governance.
Founded on tertiary qualifications in accounting & finance and civil engineering, Iain has carried out various management and governance roles in civil construction, quarrying and commercial building projects across New Zealand and the UK.
For seven years Iain in his role as GM Operations & Infrastructure at Antarctica New Zealand was responsible for all operations, logistics and infrastructure at Scott Base, Antarctica. During this time, Iain led various infrastructure upgrade & capital projects in Antarctica. This included the successful construction of the world’s southernmost wind farm and establishment of the Ross Island wind energy network with the United States Antarctic Programme.
Iain’s ongoing connection with Antarctica includes the establishment and co-ownership of specialist helicopter services provider HeliSupport International which provides full helicopter support services to National Antarctic Programmes in the Ross Sea region. Iain is proudly leading the Leighs Construction Project Team through the Early Contractor Involvement phase and then onto delivery.
Will Parker, NZCE, BE (hons), CMEngNZ
Technical Director - Property and Buildings, WSP

Will is a Technical Director in Property and Buildings based in Wellington. He has extensive experience delivering and advising on building portfolios and projects in New Zealand and overseas. Will has been WSP’s Project Director for the redevelopment of Scott Base since its inception in 2017. WSP currently provide the following services:

  • Structural
  • Civil
  • Geotechnical including permafrost
  • BIM management
  • Architectural support to Hugh Broughton Architects

Will’s background is in seismic design & assessment of infrastructure and buildings, including providing resilience advice across property portfolios. Will led the WSP Christchurch Structural team through the Canterbury Earthquakes. His observations of structural building performance, business disruption and community distress led to Will’s drive to design and construct buildings that would be more resilient, yet cost effective, and he has published several papers on related topics.
Will was involved with the existing Ross Island Wind Energy project, recently co-led the NZ Guideline for design of seismically isolated buildings, and in addition to the Scott Base Redevelopment is working with the Australian Antarctic Division on master planning for the redevelopment of Davis Station.

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