Great Western Park
RPS provided heritage advice for a 184ha mixed-use urban extension for 3,300 new residences on a site with high potential for archaeological remains.
RPS’ input began with a desk-based assessment leading to an EIA. Measures to protect a Grade II Listed Farmhouse and consent to move a Grade II milestone were agreed with the LPA.
RPS’ evaluation identified the main buried archaeology including a Roman villa and substantial Iron Age settlement site. This resulted in a mitigation strategy for the client.
Around 25ha of excavation and 'strip, map and sample' investigations have included major archaeological findings including a 9,000 year old Mesolithic hunter-gatherer camp, early Neolithic remains from c.5,500 years ago - including a rare complete pot, a c.3,500 year old Bronze Age round-house settlement, an Iron Age 'village' (c.800-100BC), a Roman farm and its landscape (including the villa - impacts to which have been carefully designed out) and a Saxon building.