Wolseley will help build scientific research station

Wolseley, through its insulation distribution business called Encon, will help provide materials for an Antarctic research station, the company has announced.

Wolseley is the United Kingdom-based parent of pro dealers Ferguson and Stock Building Supply.

Encon will be paid 35,000 pounds (US$71,000) to provide thermal products for a new scientific research station in Antarctica. Insulation products supplied from Encon will be used to build a new laboratory run by the British Antarctic Survey.

The station, to be called the Halley VI Research Station, will be located on the Brunt Ice Shelf and incorporate a range of thermal products, drywall and partitioning to ensure an internal temperature of around 68 degrees is maintained, despite external temperatures as low as minus 68.8 degrees.

The new laboratory is expected to have a life span of at least 25 years, according to the company. It will be one of five research stations operated by British Antarctic Survey and will be a center for research into global issues such as climate change, ozone depletion and atmospheric pollution.