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Bootham School designs Antarctic Station

24 May 2016



BuroHappold, the Engineering Consultancy, set Bootham School Design and Technology students the brief of designing a scientific research facility to be based in the Antarctic.

The brief stated: The facility would be home to a class of British high school students for one year.  The students would assist scientists with carrying out research into climate change.  The station would have to be designed to specifically address the design challenges facing a building in an extreme and inhospitable environment. 

The young designers who took up the challenge had to take into consideration a number of design criteria including, architectural layout, construction, sustainability and future-proofing.  They then had to present their ideas to three engineers from BuroHappold.

Bootham’s head of Design Technology, Eamonn Molloy, said, “The engineers were impressed with the quality of the student's ideas, their detailed research, and their ability to justify and explain the thinking behind their design decisions.  It was a great project to be part of.”