Lambeth Road, London

A Desk-Based Assessment can help to unravel the unknown history of a site and prepare mitigation proposals.

AB Heritage was commissioned to produce an Archaeology Desk-Based Assessment (DBA) covering proposed development at 214 Lambeth Road, Lambeth, London, in advance of Planning approval.

The proposed development site was occupied by a Grade II Listed rectory building. This DBA made a thorough review all of the known cultural heritage features within 250m of the proposed development site. Based on the known historical development of the site and surrounding study area, the presence of the Grade II Listed building, and the predicted past impacts within the limits of proposed development, our consultants concluded that there was potential for the recovery of archaeology within the limits of proposed development.

This was likely to be remains associated with former building on the site, which may have included the site of the pound of the Lambeth Manor (now Lambeth Palace). There was also the potential for the recovery of features of all other dates, including others relating to the development of the land surrounding Lambeth Palace.

Recommending options for mitigation.

Within our DBA we proposed that an archaeological evaluation was undertaken in advance of development as this would allow for the investigation of any potential archaeological material beneath the ground, and the development of an appropriate mitigation strategy. In addition, it was proposed that a Historic Building Recording survey be undertaken ahead of the proposed changes to the Grade II Listed Rectory, as this would allow for extant potential to be investigated and/or mitigated. 
Images: Facades of 214 Lambeth Road. 2014
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