Nine major contractors collaborate on the project to prepare for life on Mars

Nine major construction businesses and SCF have donated time, expertise and resources to the ‘Martian House’ project, preparing for life on Mars.

The construction industry is gearing up for life on Mars, as Southern Construction Framework (SCF) and a network of suppliers have supported the construction of a full-scale ‘Martian’ house, a two-storey golden inflatable house in the heart of Bristol. To demonstrate the possibilities of human life on Mars.

Nine major contractors and architects contributed to the project

As part of a group of construction companies led by SCF Construct, BAM, Galliford Try, ISG, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Wates Construction and Willmott Dixon generously donated time, expertise and resources worth an estimated £170,000. Art for Life Project.

The five-year project, led by artists Ella Good and Nicky Kent, sprung into action after companies asked SCF to help turn their vision into reality.

The project, based in M ​​Shade Square in Bristol, has so far brought together space scientists, architects, engineers, designers and the public to explore how we live today and inspire visions for new ways of living on Earth and Mars.

The team worked with scientific and engineering experts Professor Lucy Berthoud, Dr Bob Mihill and Professor James Norman from the University of Bristol.

A Martian house should be able to handle transit and hospitality conditions

Designed in collaboration with Hugh Broughton Architects, and Pearce Plus, the futuristic 53 sqm home comprises two floors with an external staircase and a platform lift to the upper level.

The upper layer is powered by solar panels and is constructed using pressurized inflatable gold-coated foil, making it lightweight enough to be easily transported to Mars in the face of its harsh conditions.

The building contemplates what life on Mars would actually be like, with the lower level of the house designed to be built underground in Martian lava tubes.

Within this level is a flexible, private living space that can be used as a bedroom, a virtual reality (VR) area and a built ecosystem.

Looking at our own lives and preparing for life on Mars

Emma Bull, SCF Senior Framework Manager, who led the SCF response, commented:

“Collaboration is at the heart of everything Southern Construction Framework does, so we are all delighted to play a part in creating something truly extraordinary. Martian House By bringing together major contractors.

“The way the companies in the supply chain of the Southern Manufacturing Framework have collaborated is also extraordinary and it seems unprecedented to have nine separate entities come together in an artistic project.”

The actors are behind Martian HouseElla Good and Nicky Kent praised the contractors for their contributions and reflected on how the project could inform decisions made for earth-based housing.

Nikki Kent said: “Considering how we might live on Mars helps us to rethink every aspect of our life on Earth. Mars is a place where you have to live carefully and sustainably and therefore to focus sharply on how we live today. helps. Our project shows that we can all have input into how we think about the future.”

Building the Martian House Open to the public from 17 August to 30 October 2022 at M Shed Square in Bristol.

The design team will have a three-month program of workshops, talks and events for all ages, including live panel discussions.

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