Development work is an ongoing process across our towns and cities and we work with public and private bodies to support their projects. Renewing structures or introducing new buildings into our historic urban cores frequently generates archaeological issues that need to be addressed. We work with developers, complying with best practice, to understand the resource through investigative works and then mitigate any adverse impact that cannot be designed out. Such mitigation often takes the form of archaeological excavation.
Urban Regeneration is about more than just physical renewal and economic revival of our urban areas, sustainable regeneration is only achieved by rebuilding communities. Through our work with Irvine Bay Regeneration Company we have sought to develop social projects using archaeology to support their development plans.
The Kilwinning Community Archaeology Project was developed to re-engage the community with the historic origins of their town during a period of conventional renewal works to the retail core. The project, Commended at the Action for Market Towns Awards 2012, drew hundreds of visitors into the town centre while reviving the local historical society so providing an improved capacity in the voluntary sector for future projects. The development and delivery of this project was made possible by the experience of our staff in engaging with the community to realise the aims of the regeneration company.
Urban Regeneration is about more than just physical renewal and economic revival of our urban areas, sustainable regeneration is only achieved by rebuilding communities.