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Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (DBA) – can save time and money

Archaeology Desk Based Assessement (DBA) - Can save time and money


What are the benefits of an Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (DBA)?   

Sometimes a DBA will save you time and money by ruling out the need for further costly archaeology surveys. So sometimes it will be the only archaeology report needed for your development.   Our experts will towards reducing your development’s timescales and costs because are commercially focussed and results driven.

What is a Desk Based Assessment? These assessments identify the need and potential for further archaeological assessment on your site and helps to set the tone and aims to reduce the need for additional archaeological services where relevant.  The work includes researching archive records and map regression and summarises what records have been found in the area.  It identifies the significance and potential of archaeology on the proposed development site and the potential impact that the development could have on the archaeological record.

How our clients have saved time and money from our Archaeology Services and Assessments…

Project: Thetford Sub Station. Norfolk.  Client:  Balfour Beatty.  Here we gained approval for a scheduled monument consent, we provided an Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (DBA) at an Anglo-Saxon Site – and also for the works requiring planning permission to the north of this Anglo-Saxon site.

This project demonstrated clever integration of the archaeological developments in line with the site’s construction phasing plan. So that the timing for the archaeological works were amended and then planned to align with construction phases of the project.  This reduced the timescales for the overall project.

Project: Watton. Norfolk.  Client:  Abel Homes.  Once we were appointed as the Archaeological Consultants we led and appointed the geophysical and trial trenching works for this development. Our consultant advised that additional trial trenching should be built into the contingency plans to prevent the later planned phase of work.  This prevented project delays, additional works and removed the associated additional costs – because the need for later phase of work was removed.

This analysis and decision reduced the pre-construction by some 2 months – so proved to be a cost-saving exercise for the client.

Case Studies


Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (DBA) for Former Pontins Site, Hemsby.
Archaeological and Geophysical Services
In-house Archaeological Consultancy and Topographical Surveying.
Planning Permission Granted for 95 Dwellings
Unanimous Approval for the Housing Redevelopment at Former Pontins Site. Hemsby
Topographical Services

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