Park Street

A ‘Rare and Important’ Discovery Leads to Historic Building Upgrade

Last year, Archaeologists from our Bury St Edmunds office (formerly Archaeological Solutions) conducted a programme of historical building recording at 1-5 Park Street in Old Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

The survey revealed a timber-framed 17th century core with multiple phases of subsequent augmentation and alteration. The most intrinsically interesting elements identified during the survey were two previously unrecorded domestic wall-paintings which were discovered on the upper floor. A small sample area of one of the paintings was exposed to reveal so-called grotesque ornamentation of the later 16th or early 17th century, depicting a classical caryatid with draperies, a winged lion and abstract scrollwork. The wall painting is a rare and important discovery, made more exceptional by its excellent state of preservation.

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Ribblehead Viaduct

ITV1’s ‘All Around Britain’ Featured Some of Our Work on the £2.1m Restoration of Ribblehead Viaduct

Did you see us feature on ITV1’s ‘All Around Britain’ television programme on Sunday?

Our Archaeology and Heritage Team, have assisted Network Rail in securing both scheduled monument consent and listed building consent for a scheme of repairs to the Grade II* listed Ribblehead Viaduct. The structure which spans the Batty Moss within the Yorkshire Dales National Park was designed by the Midland Railway Company Engineer J. S Crosley and is a fantastic example of Victorian railway engineering constructed as part of the Settle to Carlisle Railway between 1870 and 1875. The scale of the structure, its architecture and its landscape setting make it one of the most iconic railway structures in the country.

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GIS Day 2020!

Happy GIS Day 2020! 

‘A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.’

This year our ecology team have utilised mobile data collection apps such as ArcGIS Collector to capture map-driven forms and field data that integrates seamlessly to our geospatial analysts for processing.

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Skelton Lakes Motorway Service Area

Our Client ‘Extra’ Opens ‘Next Generation’ Service Station Near Leeds

The Skelton Lakes Motorway Service Area was opened earlier this year!

Working as part of a large multi-disciplinary team, Wardell Armstrong provided advice on ground conditions, contaminated land, earthworks and ecological services for this project.

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Planning Permission Secured for an Innovative Care Village

We are delighted to confirm that we secured planning permission for Cinnamon Retirement Living for a care village in Inveresk, East Lothian. East Lothian Council voted unanimously to approve the proposal and commended the quality of the care village services.

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WATCH: Our Mineral Processing Team Process Two Separate Concentrates at the Same Time

Our Mineral Processing Team is currently undertaking work as part of the Ion4Raw project, which is a European Union – Horizon 2020 funded project looking at the cost-effective recovery of by-products from primary sources.

As part of the study, a team in our laboratory in Truro, Cornwall, are processing samples containing both base and precious metals from a variety of sources in order to generate samples of concentrates for further testing using Deep Eutectic Solvent (DES) technology.

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Wardell Armstrong AS

Wardell Armstrong Archaeological Acquisition Boosts Expansion

Multi-disciplinary environmental, engineering and mining consultancy Wardell Armstrong has acquired the business and assets of Archaeological Solutions Ltd (AS), an independent archaeological practice providing services to both public and private sector clients nationwide from their offices in  East Anglia and Bedfordshire.

The move is part of Wardell Armstrong’s plans to grow its existing archaeological and heritage team and expand services in the UK and Internationally.  This now makes Wardell Armstrong one of the UK’s largest suppliers of archaeological services.    

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Planning Won at Appeal in Grounds of Grade II Listed Building

Our Planning, Heritage and Arboriculture teams achieved a great result for their client by securing full planning permission at appeal for a new dwelling within the grounds of a Grade II Listed Building.

The property, a Grade II Listed 17th Century former farmhouse, is set within the wider landscape setting of the Cleveland Hills, and outside a settlement boundary in Hambleton District in North Yorkshire.

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Christine Blackmore, IOM3

Christine Blackmore is Appointed as New Vice-President of IOM3

Associate Director, Christine Blackmore has been elected as the new Vice-President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) from the 1st November 2020.

The IOM3 is a major UK science and engineering institution that aims to promote and develop all aspects of the Materials Cycle, from exploration and extraction, to characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling, repurposing and reuse. The institute has over 15,000 members.

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Hints of a Changing Water Framework Directive in the UK

Following on from Sir James Bevan’s (Chief Executive of the Environment Agency) 04 August 2020 speech[1] entitled ‘In praise of red tape: getting regulation right’, the issue of red tape and the Water Framework Directive (WFD) has become a ‘hot topic’ spurring a number of press articles, for example the Guardian’s article on 19 August 2020 entitled ‘Environment Agency chief supports plan to weaken river pollution rules’[2].  But has Sir Benan’s speech been misquoted in the newspaper articles?

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