Former Ford Stamping Plant

We were commissioned as heritage consultants to assist with demolition works, remediation works, and a full residential planning application for the redevelopment of the former Ford Stamping Plant.

The existing buildings were demolished to slab level following historic building recording of the original boiler house still extant on the site.

Timeline

  • 2016
    • Archaeological desk-based assessment completed (October)
    • Historic building recording of former power station building undertaken (November)
  • 2017

    Archaeological evaluation undertaken (October)

  • 2018
    • First phase of World War Two shelters removed under archaeological supervision (March)
    • Geoarchaeological assessment and analysis completed (November)
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2016
  • Archaeological desk-based assessment completed (October)
  • Historic building recording of former power station building undertaken (November)
2017

Archaeological evaluation undertaken (October)

2018
  • First phase of World War Two shelters removed under archaeological supervision (March)
  • Geoarchaeological assessment and analysis completed (November)

Key details

Project name
Former Ford Stamping Plant

Client
Dagenham Docks Ltd

Location
Dagenham, East London

Services provided

  • Archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Historic building recording

Challenge

Given the site’s location at the edge of the Thames Floodplain, the size of the site and the depths of made ground, conventional archaeological works would have been a challenge to undertake. As a result, it was agreed that a geoarchaeological deposit model would be completed in order to characterise the underlying alluvial layers across the site, and to map out the likely prehistoric land surface.

Former Ford Stamping Plant - project image - image credit PCA (Tunnel Photo).jpg

Image: courtesy of PCA

Solution

The geoarchaeological deposit model indicated that any cultural heritage potential would reside along the northern boundary of the site.

It was therefore agreed with the Local Authority that archaeological trenching could be restricted to northern areas of the site, on the historically higher ground above the marshy floodplain. This limited the number of evaluation trenches that were required, saving our client time and money.

We have provided expert advice for each stage of the process, and have organised and managed the works on behalf of our client to ensure that heritage mitigation measures have been completed in a timely and cost effective manner.

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