Oxford Archaeology is often involved in a project long before archaeological work begins on site. An example of this early-stage planning advice is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of a proposed development in south London, which OA South’s Heritage Management Services completed recently.

Richmond upon Thames College has been working with Richmond Council to redevelop its Twickenham site to include new college buildings and schools that cater for a wide range of student ages and needs. The project may also involve the construction of a new office complex for Haymarket Media Group, a specialist international media and information company, and together, the college, the council and Haymarket have been exploring the design of a campus for ‘excellence in education and enterprise’. As a neighbour to the site, Harlequins, one of the top rugby teams in the country, has also committed to support the programme and will be looking at how its sport, fitness and community work will contribute to the campus.

OA produced the EIA chapter, looking at the potential effects of the development upon the known and potential archaeology of the area and on the historic buildings and landscapes of this iconic area of London. We worked closely with the scheme designers and project team to understand and reduce any potential impacts of the scheme upon the cultural heritage resource. We also oversaw and managed a geophysical survey of the college playing fields in order to further refine our understanding of the archaeology of the site.