Piling and Archaeology

BookPiling and Archaeology

Piling and Archaeology

Guidelines and Best Practice

Historic England Guidance


March 19th, 2019





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.


Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
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