The challenge

Development and construction activities can often be subject to restrictions associated with the historic environment, which includes archaeology and cultural heritage. 

Local planning authorities, curators and regulators apply a range of general and project specific requirements and conditions. These can be both complex and stringent, requiring detailed negotiation and progression of robust, convincing and effective strategies to meet expectations and requirements, alongside high quality reporting.

On approach

Our experienced experts support clients through the development process, offering independent and impartial advice from project conception to completion, and subsequent operation. Working in partnership with our clients and wider project teams.

The Royal HaskoningDHV team:

  • Aims to identify and understand archaeological risks as early in the planning process and project life-cycle as possible.
  • Assesses and finds the best solutions for suitable and acceptable evaluation and subsequent mitigation of potential impacts on heritage assets. This is carried out in a manner appropriate to the assets’ significance.
  • Helps reduce the possibility of adverse financial and commercial implications to project programme, delivery and budget.

Our solutions and experience

Royal HaskoningDHV provides consultancy services for a wide range of public and private sector clients and is regularly appointed to independently audit and progress Environmental Statements, particularly for high profile projects.

We use our clear and comprehensive understanding of legislation and planning policy to provide a wide range of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) technical services. We are responsible for the project management and associated technical delivery of various archaeological and cultural heritage projects, as well as historic environment chapters of EIAs, for development sectors ranging from ports and harbours to housing, and flood risk management to renewables.  
Dover Western Docks; Newhaven; Holyhead; Duqm and Mandalay.

We successfully deliver desk-based assessments and appraisals, heritage statements, specialised chapters for EIA, written schemes of investigation and mitigation strategies. We have extensive knowledge and experience of regulatory compliance requirements, and legislation, policy and guidance, both nationally and internationally.

Scope of services provided

We provide the following archaeological and historic environment services for onshore and offshore development activities in the UK and overseas:

  • Feasibility studies and optioneering.
  • Master planning input.
  • Initial site appraisal, screening and scoping.
  • Statutory consultee and stakeholder engagement.
  • Heritage statements.
  • Desk-based appraisals, assessments and field reconnaissance (walkover) surveys.
  • Setting Assessments.
  • Environmental statement chapters.
  • Written schemes of investigation (WSIs).
  • Mitigation strategies.
  • Early Stage Historic Buildings Appraisal.
  • Photographic Survey.
  • Heritage consents (including Listed Building Consent applications).
  • Discharge of planning conditions.
  • Fieldwork design, management and supervision.
  • Archaeological risk management.
  • Subcontractor procurement, coordination and management.
  • Facilitation of onshore and offshore survey work.