An enabling contract for the removal of approximately 750 cadavers from a disused burial ground in East London.
The burial ground was discovered on land being excavated for a project we were managing for the construction of new buildings.
Quick work was required in formulating budgets and making a submission to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) for approval, based on an as yet unknown number of cadavers.
Following placing of an obligatory advertisement in local newspapers, a formal application was made to the Home Office, in consultation with English Heritage, and a licence was granted to commence the exhumations on a tight timescale.
We advised the Client on the selection of a suitable Contractor and undertook the role of Contract Administrator and Clerk of Works.
In this role we managed all contractors and some twelve Archaeologists on site, ensuring the exhumation works were compliant with the requirements of the licence, including the erection of a scaffold cocoon over the entire site.
The contract was completed within budget and on time to the satisfaction of all parties, ensuring the main works could also go ahead uncompromised.