finest Member Wardell Armstrong strengthen archaeological and heritage service with NPA acquisition

Engineering and environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong LLP has expanded and strengthened their range of archaeological and heritage services through the acquisition of the business and assets of North Pennines Archaeology Ltd on 15 July 2011.

A new company, N P Archaeology ltd (NPA) has been formed. Based in Nenthead near Alston in Cumbria, NPA is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the LLP.

The two organisations have already been collaborating closely for more than three years in providing archaeological and heritage consultancy and field investigation services throughout the UK.

Wardell Armstrong has an extensive twenty year track record of providing high quality archaeological and heritage advice on all aspects of the historic environment, as well as environmental impact assessment services as part of the planning process. Employing eighteen people, NPA provides a full range of archaeological services from geophysical and topographic surveys through to buildings recording, archaeological evaluation and excavation sample handling, preparation, analysis and reporting. They also have an in-house environmental team and specialist processing facilities.

“We’re delighted to have been able to join forces with NPA,” said Dave Hodgkinson, Wardell Armstrong’s technical director of archaeology and heritage. “They’re highly respected in their specialised field with a considerable pool of experience, knowledge and skills, and we see an excellent fit between our two organisations.

“Building on our existing relationship, we’ll be able to provide clients with an all-encompassing, cost-effective and fully integrated archaeological and heritage service from the very outset of a project. This will span initial advice, risk and constraint assessment, expert guidance through the planning process, and co-ordination and provision of archaeological evaluations through to site-based investigations and final reporting.

“We hope both to maintain the valued client relationships that NPA have established across the region and those that they’ve developed with local interest groups within the area.”

The management team leading the business in its new guise will consist of Daryl Harvey, Christine House and Dave Hodgkinson from Wardell Armstrong, and Frank Giecco, Matt Town and Martin Railton from NPA.