Initial Site Heritage Appraisal

Initial Site Heritage Appraisals are designed specifically to provide a broad overview of the known heritage risk on any land being considered for development. 

AB Heritage has developed this targeted and early form of rapid assessment for use during the earliest stages of a project. This quick turnaround, highly focused pre-planning report draws upon readily available online data sources. It puts our clients ahead of the game in understanding what issues they may face in relation to the Historic Environment.

These informative documents are used during the client’s decision-making process as an early risk assessment to guide a site purchase and outline design proposals.

Unlike more detailed assessment tools, these products do not involve site visits, trips to archives and record offices, or order of 3rd party data, all of which would add costs and slow the process down.  

Assessing whether there are known designated archaeology or heritage assets on site, while at the same time creating an early understanding of the historic development of a building or plot of land, the report is able to provide outline options to avoid known risk where possible, and create a plan on how to progress through planning in relation to archaeology and heritage. The document also provides a useful addition for our client’s risk registers and early budgetary planning, as well as negotiations as part of site purchase/sale.

AB Heritage advises clients to consider the potential project impact of archaeology and heritage at the earliest possible opportunity, to avoid later costly delays. With these Initial Heritage Site Appraisals, we are providing the exact early warning system they require, allowing them to tackle potential risk associated with the Historic Environment on their development sites.

Read about Heritage Statements and Archaeology Desk Based Assessments.

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