5th February 2013 saw the official launch of Britain's Halley VI Antarctic Research Station and Spiral Staircase Systems is pleased to announce our involvement in the project by providing the spiral staircase for the largest of the raised buildings, the red Recreational module.
The Halley VI is located on the Brunt ice shelf and features eight connected modules, made up of labs and living spaces, with a central module that provides an open plan social area at the heart of the station. This larger, red module weighs nearly 200 tonnes and features a hydroponic salad garden, a climbing wall and is lined with aromatic cedar. Specially-designed shades and lamps with daylight bulbs are used to simulate the sunrise.
Working closely with Hugh Broughton Architects, SSS designed and manufactured a 2 metre diameter spiral staircase using our Delta range of brackets. The specification included toughened glass panels capped with a stainless steel handrail. Treads were constructed from Black American Walnut and a solid balustrade was provided for the upper level which was clad with brushed stainless steel. The staircase was crated and shipped to the Antarctic and installed by contractor Morrison Construction.
Spiral Staircase Systems can now claim to have provided staircases for 6 of the 7 continents - just South America to go!
by Paul Barton.