10 March 2016
We are delighted to have been awarded a framework contract by Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc), the international provider of training and infrastructure solutions, to deliver quinquennial condition assessments of Scheduled Ancient Monuments across the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) training estate.
We will work closely with the Landmarc rural team to survey around 650 legally protected archaeological monuments over the next five years; from Cornwall to the north coast of Scotland across the MOD’s 190,000-hectare UK training estate
Monuments to be surveyed include a range of archaeological remains from prehistoric burial and ritual sites, through to Roman marching camps, the remains of medieval villages and modern military structures. Sites include the best-preserved prehistoric landscape in Western Europe within the Salisbury Plain Training Area, centered on the ceremonial landscape at Stonehenge. Monuments directly related to the military, include mock German fortifications built during World War Two and used in training for the D-day landings, 19th century artillery fortifications and Cold War concrete structures. Also included are unusual fortified farmhouses called bastles. Situated on the border with Scotland, these stone buildings were built to defend against the raids of the Border Reivers from as early as the 16th century.
Commenting on the new contract, Simon McCudden, Archaeology & Heritage Associate Director, WYG, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Landmarc team to deliver these surveys across the MOD training estate. The surveys will provide assessments of the condition of these nationally important archaeological monuments and inform decisions regarding their future management and protection. Our work will help Landmarc and the MOD to develop the solutions which preserve their unique archaeological resource whilst maintaining an active estate and effective training.”
Duncan Glen, Rural Estate Delivery Manager from Landmarc, said: “Working across the MOD training estate requires a host of specialist support services outside of traditional hard and soft facilities management. In particular, the land use pressures on the rural estate mean that great care has to be taken to ensure nationally important archeological remains and monuments are preserved for future generations.
“WYG has proven experience in managing heritage sites, including written schemes of investigation and survey specifications and we look forward to working with its specialist archaeology team to deliver these vital services”