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CgMs - Independent Cultural Heritage Advice to Land Owners and Developers

CgMs has a long established track record advising clients about the impacts of development on the historic environment (archaeology, listed buildings, conservation areas, registered parks and gardens, World Heritage Sites and the historic landscape). We are the leading providers of independent cultural heritage advice to land owners and developers.

Free of links to local authority departments and archaeological field contractors, our professional approach and extensive contacts ensure that clients' interests are dealt with effectively and a balance between the often conflicting demands of profitable development and conservation is achieved. Our input from the site acquisition or project scoping stage can ensure that unexpected delays and extra costs are avoided.

Archaeological geophysical survey and trenching

With renewable energy generation being a key part of the Government's Energy Policy and Climate Change Programme, CgMs has been involved in a large number of projects coming from the renewable energy sector, particularly wind farms. The Government's target of achieving 10% renewable energy by 2010 and 15% by 2015 in order to meet Renewable Obligations means that a continued demand for wind farms, amongst other vehicles, is foreseen. The result is a potential change to the UK's skyline and to the historic landscape. Detailed analysis is therefore required to appraise potential impacts on sensitive receptors; buildings; monuments or views and to minimise or mitigate against any possible harmful effects.

Archaeological mitigation investigations for wind farms

CgMs' Archaeology and Historic Buildings teams have a positive attitude towards renewable energy and believe that an acceptable balance between heritage and renewable energy can and should be able to be achieved. We are regularly involved with projects from early scoping stage and are able to highlight potential constraints and to suggest routes forward and mitigation measures. Our staff have prepared numerous EIA Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Environmental Statement chapters considering both newly proposed sites and re-evaluating existing wind farms up for renewal. Although we endeavour to keep pre-determination archaeological investigations to a minimum, we frequently undertake archaeological geophysical survey and trenching as part of the EIA work as well as archaeological mitigation investigations where planning permission has been granted with archaeological planning conditions. We have been involved with a number of high profile projects and regularly provide expert witness at Appeal.

CgMs Ltd
Morley House
26 Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2AT

rob.bourn@cgms.co.uk
www.cgms.co.uk