Supporting WordPress at scale for the British Antarctic Survey

The British Antarctic Survey has many audiences: scientific collaborators, industry partners, potential recruits, policymakers, journalists, and the wider public. Their previous site was dense, hierarchical and dated. They chose us from over 100 initial bidders to help them develop a site which was both elegant and technically solid.

We reviewed the current site analytics and tested prototypes with users. We refined the site into a flexible, image-rich shop-window for the organisation. It has the depth and detail for scientists without deterring lay audiences from finding out more.

We worked with our partners Binary Vision to develop custom WordPress plugins that pull in data from several sources to populate content pages. This includes separate databases of staff, projects and publications as well as maps. Our migration team moved thousands of content items over to the new site.

We’ve provided ongoing support, hosting and monitoring since launch in summer 2015. In 2018 we were commissioned to build the website for NERC Arctic Office, a partner of BAS. A complex project database pulls data from BAS via an API.