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Testimonials

Anne Cranston

Project Pilgrim Manager, Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral first worked with Border Archaeology in 2015 during the development phase of our Heritage Lottery Funded Project Pilgrim.  Border carried out a number of trial investigations both inside the Cathedral and outside in the Close.  They worked efficiently and with the minimum of disruption to the on-going daily life of what is simultaneously a place of worship, a grade one listed building and the county’s most popular tourist destination.  Inside the Cathedral, Border discovered William Lisle’s elaborately decorated coffin plus another partial coffin + contents adjacent to the Hyett Family Vault. Border’s expert testimony was included in a short BBC documentary which was produced about the Hyett family.

We were delighted to be able to re-appoint Border when we moved into the delivery phase of Project Pilgrim at the end of 2016.  Border are carrying out more extensive archaeological investigations as one of the conditions of our Local Authority Planning consent and their work here walks a careful balance: maximising the Cathedral’s ability to “get on” with the main construction programme at the same time as ensuring any archaeology is located and recorded for future generations. The presence of human remains in an area which is part of the former lay cemetery has required further sensitive work from the team as well as strict compliance with the Church of England’s processes.

What’s proving particularly pleasing is that Border are as interested as we are in sharing news of their progress and finds: establishing a dedicated web-page and supporting our volunteer led tours and talks are just two of the ways they’ve gone the extra mile whilst working at Gloucester Cathedral.

John Lanning MRICS

Partner, Calford Seadon

In 15 years Border have never let me down, their approach to planners in getting approval to proceed with the building project has been a welcome change. 

The bottom line re Border is I know I can trust them and there will not be any over enthusiasm in dealing with any planning condition for the benefit of a bigger fee.

Border Archaeology have an understanding of development pressures and have in my experience endeavoured to minimise any disruption in terms of time, cost and works as may be required to preserve and record any finds. Their willingness to invest in pre- acquisition site risk assessments has saved client from committing to either site purchase or over payment of sites has been of considerable assistance.

John Gill

Sourcing Manager, Bastien Jack Limited

Border clearly advised us as to the requirements needed to satisfy our archaeological planning condition, provided us with a detailed and competitive quotation and then delivered without fault. We look forward to working with them on future projects.

Kinsey Hern

Landowner & Developer

Pleasant, Professional, Prompt. Border Archaeology have not let me down since I started using their services. Happy to help where they can, and reliable to get the work done.

Ben Jones

Landowner & Developer

We commissioned Border Archaeology under very short notice to undertake a Desk Top Survey which led on to a full investigative dig across our 10 acre site. Their professional handling of myself the client, the council archaeologist and the execution of the dig on a working farm, within a tight frame, was exceptionally well handled and executed.
 

A highly recommended company.

Mrs Jones

Landowner & Developer

The most accommodating, quick and tidy operatives we have ever had on the farm.