Hillary Field Centre Extension & Refurbishment

In January 2016, Leighs Construction returned to the ice to carry out refurbishment and extension to the Hillary Field Centre at Scott Base, Antarctica. In 2004, Leighs Construction had become the first private organisation to design and build for the New Zealand Government in Antarctica, with all previous work being carried out by the military.

In late 2015, the tean had finalised and packed into 47 containers, the  materials, machinery and equipment required to complete the project, which involved constructing a warm porch and container dock. The boat carrying the goods left on 7th January, arriving at Scott Base two weeks later. 

The team worked in temperatures as low as -35C, and in endless daylight.  When the Antarctic summer season closed at the end of April, the team returned to Christchurch, once again journeying to the ice in late August to complete the works. 

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Key project facts and awards

Client: Antarctica New Zealand
Commencing: October 2014

Key project facts and awards

Client: Antarctica New Zealand
Commencing: October 2014