The Bharati Research Station - Façade Construction under Extreme Conditions. ©KAEFER Construction

The Bharati Research Station - Façade Construction under Extreme Conditions. ©KAEFER Construction

The Bharati Research Station - Façade Construction under Extreme Conditions. ©KAEFER Construction

The Bharati Research Station - Façade Construction under Extreme Conditions. ©KAEFER Construction

The Bharati Antarctic Research Station

The emerging economic superpower India has a new showpiece project: the hi-tech Bharati Antarctic research station. ROMA had the privilege of helping to fulfil the most demanding requirements with our panels.

Wind velocities of up to 270 km/h, winter storms with huge amounts of snow and temperatures as low as – 40° C pose the most rigorous thermal and mechanical challenges under polar conditions. But the building specifications too were a challenge. On the one hand, only a short period of time was available for completion of building activities, as the Antarctic summer lasts only four months and no construction activities are possible in winter. On the other hand, the station had to be planned in such a way that it can be totally removed after use. This latter factor was another argument in favour of a modular construction principle. Panels were chosen because they are easy to transport and assemble on site. And why ROMA? Because we could demonstrate that our products can withstand rigorous Antarctic conditions.

We manufactured the panels for a core structure consisting of 134 offset stacked containers. These are surrounded by a steel construction with a façade made of highly effective heat-insulating panels attached to it as the building’s outer shell. A part of the station was test-assembled in the port of Duisburg, Germany, before being shipped as a complete construction set a little later. Upon its arrival in the Antarctic, the station was assembled without any delays or technical problems. No reworking was required. Today we are proud to have contributed to India’s Bharati Research Station in the Antarctic. We wish to thank our principal contractor, KAEFER Construction, who was responsible for structural analysis and assembly of the façade.