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Hugh trained at The University of Edinburgh and set up his architectural practice in 1995. Since then, Hugh Broughton Architects’ projects have won awards from organisations around the world, including the Royal Institute of British Architects and American Institute of Architects.

The practice has won a string of design competitions, most notably for a series of remote projects, including Halley VI Antarctic Research Station for the British Antarctic Survey and the Redevelopment of Scott Base for Antarctica New Zealand. As a result, Hugh is considered the world’s leading designer of research facilities in the Polar Regions.

Alongside this work, Hugh has completed projects in many historically sensitive locations. Recent work includes the Conservation of Sir Christopher Wren’s Painted Hall in London and projects for English Heritage.

Hugh has served on numerous architectural juries and lectures worldwide. His work has been exhibited widely.


Halley VI Antarctic Research Station

  • 19 Dec 2019 - 15 Mar 2020

  • 10:00 - 22:00


Today’s urban space is ever-changing. The cities of tomorrow will need to dynamically employ technology to meet requirements of identity, liveability and sustainability. Inspiration for the architecture of the future can be found in cutting-edge projects in remote and extreme environments, as typified by the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station.

Extreme environments place unusual demands on architecture. Months without sunlight and temperatures as low as -56oC mean that the walls of Halley VI form the boundaries of the crew’s existence for long periods of time. Halley VI needed to be more than a sophisticated research station and iconic design. It needed to offer accommodation and recreational areas of such high quality that they were suitable for months of isolation, whilst also providing a flexible, modular and relocatable solution.

Halley VI proves that by combining imaginative design and technical innovation it is possible to meet even the toughest demands while creating architecture with a unique identity.