Archaeological finds on a construction site - whether expected or unexpected - can lead to delays and costs to project programmes.
Examples of the historic environment in terrestrial, intertidal or marine locales present opportunities to add value to development projects.
The opportunity to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits and lasting legacy potential provided by the historic environment can be realised from early identification and integration into project design through to incorporation into the built asset.
These benefits can range from creating community / amenity spaces to providing educational resources as well as the potential to generate income (eg increased tourism) and contributing to creation of a lasting legacy through the preservation of examples of the UK’s rich historical and cultural heritage.
Phase 1 will include the compilation of a series of case studies. The scope will be agreed with project partners and may include land-based, intertidal, and marine projects. The compilation will support the realisation of the benefits that archaeology can bring to projects. It will reflect the latest developments in practice and changes in legislation and planning advice.
This project is seeking further industry support.
The Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO:UK).
For more information and to get involved in the update, please contact Owen Jenkins at CIRIA.