Professional Heritage Services

About PCA

PCA Monograph No.12Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited is a well-established independent company specialising in providing appropriate solutions to heritage problems. At PCA we are acutely aware that many of our clients commission archaeological or built heritage works in order to obtain planning permissions. For some clients this may be an unwanted and unwelcome problem. PCA is here to assist clients in the discharge of their heritage planning conditions.

We have a flexible approach which aims to deliver a professional service, minimising delay and inconvenience while maximising a site's heritage value. We are committed to providing a service which is both high quality and cost-effective. We believe that we can achieve these goals while maintaining the highest professional standards.

We have a proven record of delivering results within an agreed time-scale and budget. Our service is designed to fulfil all planning requirements from desktop assessment through to full excavation and publication. We have a well-established and respected team whose experience at all levels allows us to deliver a unique service designed to meet the specific requirements of each project.

Our work covers a variety of sites, both green and brown-field, above and below ground heritage recording. These projects are wide ranging and include housing developments, road construction, infrastructure improvement and utilities, quarrying, environmental management schemes and industrial facilities.

Latest News

29th November 2018

On Tuesday 27th November, The Alnwick Garden kindly hosted a book launch for PCA's latest monograph 'Parterres Bright with Flowers' A history of the walled gardens at Alnwick Castle as revealed through excavations and standing building survey, with a short presentation and book sales. Chris Hunwick, the Castle's archivist who was extremely helpful during research for the publication, received a copy of the monograph on behalf of the Duchess of Northumberland.

20th November 2018

PCA are proud to announce that their monograph: ‘An Immense and Exceedingly Commodious Goods Station; The Archaeology and History of the Great Northern Railway's Goods Yard at King's Cross, 1849 to the Present Day’ by Rebecca Haslam and Guy Thompson, has been awarded the 2018 London Archaeological Prize (for best archaeological publication in 2016 and 2017).

2nd November 2018

This week sees the long-awaited publication of PCA North's excavations and building recording work at Alnwick Castle Gardens, first begun in 2000! The monograph, ‘Parterres Bright with Flowers’ A history of the walled gardens at Alnwick Castle as revealed through excavations and standing building survey By Victoria Ridgeway and Jennifer Proctor, is priced at £28 and will be on sale from 5th November. See News for more details.

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At PCA we provide our clients with a full range of services.

We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced Project Managers accomplished in dealing with every stage of the development planning process, from the preparation of supporting documents for a planning application, to the design and management of a range of evaluation and excavation services required to fulfil a planning condition.


PCA undertakes projects of all sizes and scope and in many diverse sectors.
A few of our latest Projects:

PCA prides itself in producing publications, which stand up to academic scrutiny as well as
reports and Journal articles, which are accessible to a broad spectrum of people. A few of our latest Publications:

We run a range of initiatives which help people of all ages and abilities to get involved and learn more about our fantastic heritage. This includes free events, lectures, talks, exhibitions, open-days on major archaeological excavations, and the opportunity to partake in voluntary work and Community digs

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