New Rochester Office for Wessex Archaeology
It’s exciting times for Wessex Archaeology in the south east region where our Maidstone office has now become our Rochester office. We have just moved to our new permanent home at Bridgewood House on the edge of Rochester. Mirroring the HQ in Salisbury, we are next to an airport, although the company plane will have to wait!
We are still settling in, unpacking boxes and deciding where everything should go but we’ll have everything straight soon and we look forward to welcoming you to Bridgewood House.
In the last six months we have almost doubled our staff numbers; it was useful to have a few extra pairs of hands to help with the move. So we are delighted to now have room to expand properly, enabling us to provide even better archaeology and heritage services to our clients and the community. At some 6,500 square feet we certainly have space for our expected future growth.
The expertise throughout Wessex Archaeology already allows us to offer a full range of services, but we are keen to add key specialised roles here at Rochester as soon as possible. We will shortly be appointing someone to develop our finds capability and other posts in built heritage.
New and ongoing projects include pipelines and housing developments covering a range of interesting sites. Our Desk-based assessments team have been keeping busy with plenty of work doing research into the history of buildings and the landscape, while our work with communities is growing with workshops on researching the 19th and 20th century history of the Olympic Park and Medway Mosaics; a programme of workshops for the communities of the Medway Gap.
Bridgewood House: Historical Connections
The name of the building has historical connections, having been named after Fort Bridgewoods located just north of our new home. The fort was built in the late 19th century as one of a series that defended the landward approach to Chatham Dockyard. Fort Bridgewoods protected the approach from Maidstone and the flank of nearby Fort Borstal.
For more information about the history of the Fort visit: