Consultancy

Carefully targeted impartial archaeological input may be required at several stages in the planning process:

  • Early provision of quality archaeological information enables stakeholders to take informed strategic decisions, minimising potential for the waste of resources and unexpected programme delays.
  • Where potential archaeological interests are identified, a planning application will need to be supported by archaeological information – comprising a desk-based assessment or historic building assessment, and where necessary, the results of a carefully targeted programme of trial-trenching or historic building recording.
  • Post-determination, further archaeological work may be required. Careful targeting, costing and programming of such archaeological work is important to the successful delivery of a development.
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Preliminary Appraisal

At project feasibility stage, a rapid archaeological appraisal will identify known archaeological and built heritage constraints, including potential ‘showstoppers’, helping a developer or their agent to assess their risks at an early stage, and, where necessary, to re-design their scheme.

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Desk-Based Assessment or Historic Building Assessment

A desk-based assessment or historic building assessment will provide a detailed understanding of known archaeological and built heritage constraints. In addition to a full site inspection, a range of sources will be consulted at assessment stage, including:

  • Historic Environment Record (HER)
  • Historic maps, plans, illustrations and documents
  • Published archaeological and historical reports
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Archaeological Evaluation

Where potential archaeological interests are identified at desk-based assessment stage, an archaeological evaluation may be required to ‘map’ any constraints, and assess their potential significance. This information will permit:

  • The planning authority to determine that no further archaeological work is merited, or
  • An informed re-design of the development scheme, to exclude or limit disturbance to significant archaeological deposits – thus removing or reducing any requirement for a further stage of archaeological work, or
  • The planning authority to scope a requirement for a further stage of archaeological work where necessary, enabling the developer to establish the cost and programme implications at the earliest opportunity.
Archaeological Mitigation

Post-determination archaeological mitigation can take a number of forms.

  • A watching brief may be required to record archaeological deposits exposed during construction groundworks.
  • An archaeological excavation may be specified to hand-excavate and record archaeological deposits in advance of construction.
  • A programme of historic building recording may be required in advance of conversion or demolition.

In each case, the planning requirement will be discharged on completion of a report describing the project results.

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Public Display and Interpretation

Public open days and site-based illustrated displays will raise the profile of your development and keep the public informed about recent discoveries

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All work is undertaken in accordance with the Standards and Code of Conduct published by the Institute for Archaeologists

Design by Jemma Elliott 2011