This month, members of the Wessex Archaeology Heritage Consultancy team attended the National Federation of Builders (NFB) Heritage Group annual event, held at the Tower of London

Principal Heritage Consultants, Lucy Marston and Matt Rous, joined members of the heritage construction sector to discuss issues and developments in the industry. The day’s theme was ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’, which focused on aspects that the industry was doing well, where it needed further improvement, and lessons learnt. 

There was attention given to the need to develop the skills, experience and expertise crucial to the historic environment sector, which are under threat of disappearing over future generations. The programme addressed some of these challenges and explored actions that could be taken, with keynote presentations from heritage industry stakeholders and heritage specialist construction firms including The Prince’s Foundation, Baxall Construction, B&CE, SME Strategies, the National Trust, the House Builders Association, Historic Royal Palaces and Local Authority Building Control (LABC). 

Wessex Archaeology’s Heritage Consultancy team play a leading role in the management and mitigation of the UK’s historic environment, offering valuable insight and proportionate advice to developer and construction project teams through our extensive experience and knowledge. 

The day was hugely insightful, and we were pleased to see the NFB championing gender balance with a 50% female to male panel. It was also great to be able to combine the event with a visit around the Tower of London, enriching the experience further. 

Lucy Marston, Principal Heritage Consultant

Tower bridge NFB Heritage event at the Tower of London NFB Heritage event at the Tower of London