Bristol Stone Ware

Company History & Profile

These substantial medieval remains uncovered by PCA are part of the medieval Abbey at Bermondsey

Pre-Construct Archaeology (PCA) was formed in 1993 as a Partnership and was located in Lincoln, but operated in Greater London also. The Partners were Gary Brown, Brian Simmons and Colin Palmer Brown. Gary Brown, who was based in London, left the Partnership in 1995 and retained the name which he conceived, operating from this date as a Sole Trader. In 1996 Peter Moore and Dr Frank Meddens joined the organisation as Project Managers, followed a year later by Josephine Brown.
In March 1998 the legal status changed again with the organisation becoming a Limited Company the Directors of which are Gary Brown, Peter Moore, Dr Frank Meddens, and Josephine Brown.

In 1997 the organisation opened a second office in Durham managed by Robin Taylor-Wilson, who was later made a non-share holding Director. Further offices have been opened in Cambridge (PCA Central), Winchester (PCA West), both 2011 and Market Harborough (PCA Midlands) 2012.

PCA successfully manages heritage issues within development schemes, irrespective of their scale or nature. The company is able to provide a range of professional services in the urban and rural environment including project management, desktop reports, geophysical and total station surveys, GPS assessment, evaluation, excavation, watching briefs, building surveys, built heritage assessments and publications.

Commensurate with the undertaking of the fieldwork is the ability to assess, analyse and publish the results in the appropriate format. In-house skills include artefact analysis, CAD generated graphics, survey and photography. It has however always been a firm tenet of PCA's business strategy to sub-contract key areas of specialisms, such as conservation, environmental analysis, and other specialist artefact analysis. This enables PCA to combine a cost effective approach to the management and resourcing of projects, from a planning to post-excavation stages, with a choice of a greater range of external specialists, many of whom are internationally recognised.

Our clients range from small firms to large international companies, individuals to local and statutory bodies, and we particularly pride ourselves in our constructive working relationships with a wide variety of archaeological and multi-disciplinary consultants.

Having, in the past two decades, established a major position in the heritage contracts market, we are not content to sit on our laurels. We have noted areas of operational strengths, such as project management and resourcing, flexibility, and communications, and it is our intention to use these strengths to continue to develop our position within the UK market.

Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited Registered in England: No 3534122 Registered Offices: 69-71 East Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1BP