Operational Dir, Head of RPS/CgMs Archaeology & Built Heritage
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.
Former Ford Stamping Plant
Dagenham Docks Ltd
Dagenham, East London
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.
Image: courtesy of PCA
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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