Moulded glass boss  from the lower part of a jug handle, in the shape of Maenad's head, Drapers' Gardens

Planning & Research

A former hospital - Roehampton House

Heritage Advice

The key to managing heritage risk is to consider the implications that heritage can have for a development as early as possible in the development process. The best time for this is often before a client has even purchased land earmarked for development or during master planning.

PCA recommends the early risk approach because it enables our clients to:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of a site's heritage issues and implications;
  • Reduce or even remove a site's heritage risk (for example, through foundation redesign, thus avoiding areas of high potential);
  • Make suitable provision for heritage risk in their budgets and programme;
  • Maintain control of the programme and cost of heritage;
  • Gain control over a site's heritage issues and negotiate on an equal footing with the Local Planning Authority or their advisers.

PCA is committed to guiding its clients from the early stages of development process, through planning consent to the discharge of relevant planning conditions. We undertake all negotiation with the County Archaeologists and English Heritage on behalf of our client and ensure that our client's needs and requirements are fairly represented.

Desk Based Assessments

Desk Based Assessments are usually commissioned by our clients in support of their planning application or as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment. They can also be used as confidential documents to determine the level of heritage risk upon a site prior to land-purchase or during masterplanning. The objective of the Assessment is to provide sufficient information concerning the level of risk that heritage poses to a development and to provide recommendations for dealing with it.
This enables our clients to take into consideration the potentially critical impact of heritage on a development's cost and programme. Pre-Construct Archaeology has undertaken Desk Based Assessments across the country for projects of varying size and complexity, from Urban Regeneration schemes and brownfield sites to road schemes and greenfield housing developments, and as part of the bid for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Input into EIAs

PCA has produced numerous Heritage Environmental Statement Chapters as part of the EIA process and can readily enhance your team by providing a Heritage Specialist as required.

Rapid Site Appraisals

Rapid Site Appraisal does exactly as described; a rapid assessment of the archaeological and built heritage risk of a possible development site. This document is produced quickly, providing our client with an understanding of the heritage risks that could potentially affect a possible development site. (They are not as detailed as Desk Based assessments and therefore are not suitable for supporting a planning application). They are useful in determining the heritage risks when looking into land purchase or sale.

Outline of proposed development at Serjeants' Inn, Goad's Fire Insurance map, 1886 Outline of proposed development at Serjeants' Inn, Ogilby and Morgan map 1676 Research into Serjeants' Inn found this photgraph of the site destroyed by incendiary bombs in May 1942 SMR references and other sites in the area around Serjeants' Inn Timber drying shed at Sawston, Cambridge