Archaeology & Heritage

Cultural Heritage includes aspects such as archaeology, historic buildings, designed landscapes, historical connections, ethnicity, craft activities, customs and traditions, belief systems and sacred space.

Cultural Heritage plays a powerful role in many communities, and any development or regeneration scheme requires conservation-based, informed analysis of the historic environment, and appropriate management plans for sustainability. The recording and retention of historic features and integration with public realm contribute to the potential success of new developments.

International conventions require tangible and intangible cultural heritage to be assessed and protected as part of economic development, infra-structure, commercial and construction projects. SLR has heritage expertise in working with international agencies, multi-national companies, diverse cultures and ethnic groups and can assist with concept design, risk awareness, mediation, and damage prevention.

Detailed studies are often necessary as part of Environmental Impact Assessments or Conservation Management Plans. Addressing these issues at an early stage in project development is an essential step in avoiding costly delays and redesigns later in the lifetime of a project. SLR offers an integrated and comprehensive service:

  • Planning consultancy, expert witness and design advice
  • EIA, Heritage Impact Assessment and assessment of settings
  • Conservation Management Plans and Character Appraisals
  • Geoarchaeology and analysis of conditions for preservation in situ
  • Regeneration, community and cultural tourism projects
  • Desk studies and negotiation with regulators
  • Historic building recording and landscape surveys
  • Site investigation, mitigation, interpretation and presentation

Tourism is the biggest industry in the world. One sector of this industry concerns heritage and visitor experience. SLR is able to help charitable trusts, government agencies, private and community-based initiatives in planning and designing wide-ranging schemes and in helping with securing funding.

Cultural Heritage can be an emotive subject, but handled sympathetically it can become a PR asset to a development.