Love on Ice: Engineers' Antarctic Engagement Sparks Warmth

Engineers Tania Alvarez and Jose Valverde from BAM have celebrated their engagement at one of the world’s southmost locations, British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic peninsula.


The station is the UK’s largest Antarctic research and operations hub, supporting leading researchers in frontier science in the region. Tania and Jose work for civil engineering firm BAM as part of a wider team working in the world’s harshest environment on upgrading Rothera Research Station’s facilities.

Meeting during their civil engineering studies in Spain and later joining BAM for the Antarctica Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP), the couple have spent two years working together alongside colleagues from BAM, Ramboll and Sweco. Jose, on his second BAS deployment, and Tania, on her first, collaborated on upgrading Rothera station's vital runway, providing a stunning backdrop for Jose's unforgettable proposal.

The programme forms part of the UK Government’s long-term investment in the Polar Regions, enabling the UK to continue to lead climate, biodiversity and ocean research and innovation in the southernmost continent of the globe.

"The northern views are truly unmatched, with northerly winds gathering ice and icebergs, offering a panoramic spectacle of eastern islands, Antarctic land, ice cliffs, and Reptile Ridge," shared Jose.


Antarctica Engagement - BAM

Describing the significance of the location for the proposal, Jose added, "The location is simply magical, with the added bonus of overlooking Reptile Ridge. I couldn't think of a more perfect spot for such a significant moment."

As for wedding plans, the couple is savouring the moment before making detailed arrangements. Tania said, "We're still processing everything, but we want our family, friends, and, for a touch of Antarctic charm, two penguins as our ring bearers."

And when it comes to the dress code, Tania playfully responded, "No PPE for the wedding! We'll reserve that for working hours. Traditional and comfortable attire will be the order of the day."

As Tania and Jose revel in their engagement amidst Antarctica's icy wonders, their love story serves as a reminder that even in the most extreme environments, love can blossom, creating a warmth that transcends the freezing temperatures of the southernmost continent.