Wessex Archaeology has worked in partnership with clients in the UK defence sector for many years.

We provide archaeological services to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and their contractors in support of the essential housing and infrastructure required by our Armed Forces.


Managing heritage risk

We offer a sustainable, creative approach to managing heritage risk.

Working with our clients and the planning authorities from the start of a project through to completion, we ensure that any risk from the historic environment is managed effectively through targeted and proportionate strategies that deliver against planning constraints.

Our commitment to quality and safety sets us apart. We have a strong track record of working with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) contractors to find the best way to manage the potential risks likely to be encountered on former military training areas, to make sure that everyone can operate safely on these sites.


Services for defence projects

We provide a broad range of services covering consultation, survey, fieldwork, publication, research and more specialist services, which enable us to programme the correct heritage requirements at each stage of the project cycle.

Our experienced teams have the capacity to undertake work efficiently and professionally on large-scale sites to successfully discharge any planning conditions relating to the heritage environment.

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Community engagement

Our close relationship with the military has offered an opportunity to investigate the long-term wellbeing benefits that heritage can bring.

Our ground-breaking work in partnership with Help for Heroes and Breaking Ground Heritage used archaeology in the rehabilitation and up-skilling of veteran troops.

In the establishment of new communities for forces families as part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP), our community engagement and educational initiatives have helped to develop a sense of place through a shared understanding of past human occupation.


What our clients say…

‘Wessex Archaeology’s investigations within more than 80 construction sites at Salisbury Plain garrisons are an integrated component of our construction work for the Army Basing Programme. This work demonstrates how a well-planned written scheme of investigation and sensitive construction programme provides a positive benefit to our understanding of the historic landscape.’

David Keeble, Environmental Manager, Aspire Defence Capital Works.

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