Pressure on the mineral and aggregate resource has increased in recent years with the expansion of construction activity. The aggregate industry knows better than most the need for early engagement with consultants to provide proportionate and targeted advice on the historic environment. Wessex Archaeology has an extensive track record in providing this advice to the industry and is a recognised project partner to many of the industry leaders who work both on and offshore.
We work collaboratively with our clients and the planning authorities to identify any known risks and to assess the likelihood of anything unknown. The results of subsequent non-intrusive surveys allow mitigation strategies to be targeted and for design solutions to be employed where appropriate. This approach results in a proportionate response which ensures preservation of the historic environment whilst maintaining the viability of a site for extraction. We also support our aggregate project partners in delivering additional benefits to the surrounding communities through our heritage based outreach and community engagement programmes.