It’s hard to believe, but the first two years of BBHC have already flown by in a blur of heritage statements, archaeological desk-based assessments, historic building recording, archaeological fieldwork project management and heritage consultancy. The projects range from multi-million pound urban regeneration projects in central Bristol and the Bath World Heritage Site, to modest residential developments in market towns and villages, to single dwelling developments in rural and suburban locations. We’ve worked anywhere in the broad zone between Birmingham and South Devon, Bicester and South Gloucestershire, with a strong focus on our core areas of Bristol, Bath and the surrounding counties.
A number of archaeological and heritage themes and periods connect many of these projects, including frequent encounters with the network of Roman roads, the elusive search for evidence of Saxon Chippenham, the medieval suburbs, post-medieval glassworks and Civil War defences of Bristol, and a number of non-conformist chapels ranging from Primitive Methodist to Baptist.
The range of historic buildings encountered has been incredibly broad, including important municipal buildings, Georgian crescents, Victorian villas, pubs, factories and offices, mid-20th-century schools, canals and turnpike roads with their toll houses, churches and chapels.
Projects have been similarly wide-ranging, with everything from photogrammetry, to LiDAR analysis, historic building recording to archaeological watching brief, evaluation and excavation, and from archaeological impact assessment and mitigation statements to detailed written schemes of investigation for programmes of archaeological works.
Throughout all of this we’ve developed new and exciting partnerships, invested in training and technology, consolidated existing skills and developed new ones, built-up our own databases and extensive library, and established a home-office and remote working set up which enables us to continue to work with negligible impact from the ongoing pandemic.
At the time of writing the country remains under lockdown and in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic. The future for all of us remains uncertain, but Bristol & Bath Heritage Consultancy has established a resilient business that will be here to support our Clients come what may.