S.Georgia : South Georgia's Discovery House Reopened
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 24.02.2014 (Article Archived on 24.03.2014)
The South Georgia Newsletter writes that extensive refurbishment of the historic Discovery House was completed on January 9th the completion was marked by a communal event. The work has turned it from an empty shell of a building into accommodation and offices for researchers visiting King Edward Point.
Discovery House Reopened
The extensive refurbishment of the historic Discovery House was completed on January 9th the completion was marked by a communal event. The work has turned it from an empty shell of a building into accommodation and offices for researchers visiting King Edward Point.
Discovery House was built in 1925 as an accommodation and laboratory for the Discovery Investigations. In recent years it had been stripped to an internal skeleton and used for storage. The extensive refurbishment took place over the past two summers with the work being undertaken by the GSGSSI building team and guided by the specialist heritage architect company Purcell. Whilst retaining its outward appearance, and much of the original layout, it now houses four twin bunkrooms with en-suite shower rooms, an office, a conference room, a lounge/dining room, a spacious well equipped kitchen, a laundry and the original small conservatory now a reading room.
The 87 year old building had been named after Captain Scott’s ship Discovery which was the Discovery Investigations first research ship. To mark the completion of the 14-month long project GSGSSI Chief Executive Officer Martin Collins hosted the building team and others to drinks in the new conference room. Several speeches were made; Martin Collins opened proceedings, telling the gathered crowd that the visiting science groups would be following in the footsteps of many well-known scientists who had lived and worked in the building in the days of the Discovery Expeditions. Indeed the first science group, studying springtails, was booked to move in shortly. Fittingly the first official visitor being accommodated at Discovery House was industrial archaeologist Bjᴓrn Basberg. He addressed the crowd saying that bringing old buildings back into a useful condition was the right way to preserve them. Building supervisor David Peck also spoke, saying his team had worked hard and were proud of the standard they had achieved, a sentiment that was backed up by all at the opening who gave them a good round of applause.