Managing archaeology in construction - effective management in terrestrial, intertidal and marine environments  (RP1059)

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.

Case studies
We are seeking case studies of a wide range of examples of the historic environment in terrestrial, intertidal or marine locales. If you have experience of managing archaeological finds in a project and can help, please contact Emma Fryer at CIRIA.

Project status

This project is now underway. Additional funding is being sought.

Project funders

The Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO:UK), Environment Agency, Southern Water, Wessex Archaeology and CadW, 

Further information
For more information and to get involved in the update, please contact CIRIA.