Piling and Archaeology

Guidance and Good Practice

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This guidance note has been prepared to assist planning authorities and archaeological officers, developers and their consultants to make clear and informed decisions about piling schemes and their potential impact upon archaeological remains. It provides information on piling types, impacts, and solutions for sustainable foundation design and is illustrated by case studies.

Originally published in 2007, it has been revised by a team of archaeologists and engineers, to place a greater emphasis on the planning process and current planning guidance (NPPF). This new edition also includes a risk assessment methodology to provide a framework in which clients and their contractors can identify, avoid or otherwise manage the key construction risks to archaeological remains arising from their schemes.


  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of key points
  3. Piling types
  4. Piling impacts upon archaeological remains
  5. Designing a sustainable foundation scheme
  6. Risk assessment
  7. Case studies
  8. Supporting information - pile impacts
  9. Glossary
  10. References

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 84
  • Product Code: HEAG270


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