Managing an Archaeological site in an Urban Environment: Broadgate Ticket Hall

Document type: Video
Author: Jay Carver BA (Hons) MIFA
Publication Date: 30/03/2017

  • Abstract

    This was the sixth in the series of Crossrail Learning Legacy webinars focused on the Environment Theme. It presents an overview of the approach taken by Crossrail to managing archaeological sites in the urban environment; drawing on the experiences of the construction of the Broadgate ticket hall.
    An in-depth desk based-study and trial pits had indicated that this site just outside the old City wall contained a wealth of archaeology; thousands of human remains from the Bethlem burial ground, which was in use from the 16th to 18th century, marshy deposits from the Moorfields Marsh and finally a road and several human remains belonging to the Roman period.
    Innovative methods and use of resources was required to keep both fieldwork and post excavation work on schedule. This webinar discusses the different measures taken and methodologies used to complete this large-scale excavation in the middle of London, while adhering to best practice and respecting the construction programme. This topic will be of interest to a broad audience, but particularly intends to inform future construction projects and archaeological contractors, when planning and managing complex archaeology at a construction site.

  • Authors

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    Jay Carver BA (Hons) MIFA - Crossrail Ltd

    Lead Archaeologist, Crossrail

    Jay was appointed by Crossrail to the technical directorate to author and develop the standards and procedures, procurement model, development of scope and specification for the archaeology framework contracts, tender evaluation of technical submissions, and oversee design consultant deliverables for the Crossrail Archaeology programme in 2006. He joined the Crossrail delivery team in 2010 to oversee completion of the detailed scope and programme design by Crossrail’s design consultant framework, liaise with all projects across the programme to ensure archaeology and non-listed built heritage works were successfully integrated into project programmes.

    Between 2010 and 2016 he has overseen  the successful delivery  of all archaeology survey and mitigation works during construction of Crossrail.  He acted as Crossrail lead spokesperson for archaeology stakeholder, community relations and media events during the course of the programme.

    Jay’s previous infrastructure experience includes project lead archaeologist for numerous major highway schemes (including the 28Km A46 Newark to Widmerpool dual carriageway in Nottinghamshire) and the London DLR City Airport extension, and as Senior Archaeologist for the High Speed 1 Channel Tunnel Rail Link project between Folkestone and London St Pancras.

    Jay has delivered numerous conference papers and lectures on the archaeology of the Crossrail project, some of which can be found in the legacy section, and he is author of the Historic Environment and archaeology sections in the CEEQUAL manual, and CIRIA Environmental good practice on site guide (4th Edition), and Cultural Heritage sections in the Highways England DMRB (various, including Vol. 10 Design Guidance). He is co-author of the CIRIA best practice guidance Archaeology and Development (2008).

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