St Dunstan’s charity for blind service personnel identified the grade II listed former Lady Forester’s Convalescent Home, overlooking Llandudno, as the ideal location for a combined residential and nursing unit. In advance of and works commencing the main structure and its outbuildings required a level 3 historic building survey to be carried out. The survey showed that the complex of buildings comprising the main hospital, gate lodge, stable block, and laundry block remained largely intact, within their original settings. From the mid 19th century Llandudno developed as a planned seaside town to serve the growing Victorian trend of using increased free time to visit perceived healthy areas, such as the seaside of spa towns. Llandudno continued to grow as a resort into the early 20th century. It is at this time, between 1902 and 1904, that the Lady Forster’s Convalescent Homes was erected as a charitable hospital.
The historic building survey showed that the landscape into which the hospital was built remains largely unchanged, with an open terraced garden in front of the hospital, containing a meandering drive, and the outbuildings, which were contemporary to the main hospital, located to the rear, out of view. The views from the hospital, perched high up on the hillside, of the sea and the Great Orme are still clear and represent part of the intended design of the complex. The external elevation, of detailed limestone blockwork with red sandstone decoration, survived. It is of note that only four construction phases were identified, showing rapid alterations after construction, before 1912, then two further extensions in the late 20th century. The layout of the main hospital and all three outbuildings remained unchanged, giving a detailed insight into both the design and the function of the structures.
In 2017 L -P : Archaeology were commissioned by Turnberry UK in order to understand the constraints and opportunities that archaeology poses on land to the north of Dorchester which was being considered for allocation into the Local Plan.
Within a very short time frame, L – P conducted a rapid analysis of HER, historic mapping, LiDAR data, site walkovers and information from archives and libraries in order to provide a comprehensive Archaeological Baseline Document. This document was used to inform the Masterplan of the site and point the proposed development towards the least sensitive areas with regards to known archaeology.
After an initial Masterplan was developed L – P then produced a preliminary Impact Assessment which sought consider the need for design, civil engineering and archaeological solutions to the constraints and opportunities identified.
Mike Johnson joined L – P in 2014, leaving field work for a desk in the London office to work on GIS, database management, website implementation and linked data. He has been involved in commercial archaeology since graduating in 2008, and took a year out to complete an MSc in GIS.
Mike has excavated and surveyed a wide variety of sites across the UK. He now works mainly on digital projects managing databases and building web access portals for archaeological data using L – P’s own Archaeological Recording Kit (ARK).
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Dan joined the L – P Chester office in 2014, bringing experience in both commercial and public sector archaeology. He has worked as an archaeologist in the North West for over 25 years since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in history and archaeology from King Alfred’s College, Winchester (University of Southampton). Dan has worked on major commercial projects across the North West, including directing and publishing archaeological fieldwork on one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the Northwest, at Manchester Airport’s Runway 2.
In the public sector Dan has worked on projects with major elements of community outreach, which communicated archaeological results through public events and a BBC documentary. Professional public sector achievements include a partnership with English Heritage (Historic England) to co-direct a major research excavation on the internationally important site of Chester’s Roman amphitheatre.
Dan specialises in ceramic artefact studies of the North West and is a member of the Study Group for Roman Pottery and the Medieval Pottery Research Group. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a visiting research associate at the University of Chester.
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Jessica joined L – P in 2010, as part of the London office. As a Digital Specialist, she is responsible for the maintenance our ARK projects, in-house databases and GIS support to commercial projects. Jessica is an experienced Archaeological Geophysicist, who has published on large scale ground penetrating radar survey for archaeology, and the integration and visualisation of multi-parametric geophysical data.
She has expertise in spatial recording techniques for the collection, management, and processing of archaeological data from sites across the Mediterranean, UK and the Southwestern United States. Jessica’s interests include Open Archaeology and the use of web technologies for the presentation and dissemination of archaeological information.
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Cornelius joined L – P in 2010, having worked on major sites in the UK and abroad. His diverse projects included the Heathrow Terminal 5 landscape project, excavation of the ancient city of Merv in Turkmenistan, and on the Fourth Cataract area prehistoric survey in Sudan.
Cornelius has 20 years commercial archaeology experience, and is responsible for the management of fieldwork projects in the London and South East areas. He is particularly interested in rural prehistoric sites.
Blair joined L – P in 2003 and is a Partner based in the Chester office. He has worked in archaeology since 1998, has both a BSc (Hons) and Masters in Archaeology from Liverpool University. Blair has on site project management experience of varying scale and type, from rural prehistoric sites to urban industrial sites.
His specialist interests lie in British Prehistory and East Asian Prehistory. Blair works across the North West of England and North Wales on project design, desk based assessments, building survey and excavation work.
John joined L – P from the Field Team at Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service in 2008. He is the office manager for the East of England office and oversees all our projects in the region. He brings a wealth of planning knowledge to L – P, and is responsible for devising successful strategies for excavation and bringing projects to completion through efficient post excavation management.
John has experience in both urban and rural excavations and survey and has led teams of field staff, students and volunteers on small and large scale projects. He is especially interested in the growth of small towns in the East Anglia area during the Post Medieval period and has spent most of his career working in the region. John also has a professional interest in archaeological field techniques and their development.
Kelly joined L – P : Archaeology in June 2009. For 7 years she worked in our London office and was primarily responsible for pre-planning Archaeological and Heritage Consultancy. In 2016 Kelly moved to Bristol to manage a new branch of L – P. Kelly is delighted to move back to her native South West where she can easily enjoy hiking and surfing when she isn’t working or pursuing her other interests in archaeology.
Kelly has consulted on a variety projects including large scale housing developments in southern England and also new tower blocks, schools, hotels and stadia in London.This project work has been inclusive of input into Masterplanning, EIA’s and DBAs and project managing these up to the mitigation stage. Key projects include Gilston Park Estate, Northumberland Park Development Project and North Dorchester.
Kelly’s background is in Classical Archaeology where she has assisted on research projects in Italy, Jordan and Crete. Kelly also is on the committee of CIfA’s Diggers Forum who campaign for better pay, conditions, training and recognition for field archaeologists.
You can follow Kelly on Twitter (@kelsmadigan).