Akin to a Stage 1 Environmental Assessment, these reports review the published and archived information available, evidence from previous investigations in and around the Site and consult the LPA’s archaeology advisor and their database of known heritage sites and monuments. A site visit is undertaken and an assessment of the site’s archaeological potential is made. If historic buildings are involved, the report can be expanded to include a Fabric Appraisal. If the development requires it, these reports can also be expanded to form the core of an Environmental Impact Assessment technical appendix.
In some cases developments will require pre-planning fieldwork, such as geophysical surveys, building surveys or evaluation excavations. Prospect Archaeology can provide a one-stop shop by directly sourcing and managing the best archaeological contractor for the project. Alternatively, we can manage the tender process on the client’s behalf should a direct contractor appointment be preferred. Prospect Archaeology can undertake a project management role for the pre-planning fieldwork stage to ensure that it progresses in line with the agreed programme and budget. Prospect Archaeology maintains an ongoing dialogue with the LPA advisors to ensure that a strategy for further work, if required, is developed as early as possible. Our clients feel informed and secure in the knowledge that we continue to represent them and are directing fieldwork towards their goals.