Cultural heritage assessment is recognised as having a key role in promoting and maintaining environmental, corporate and social responsibilities, as well as managing risk in terms of the potential for delays in programme and overall capital expenditure due to a ‘chance find’ or other unforeseen heritage issue where no assessment has occurred and no procedures are in place. Complex scenarios can often develop around heritage resources and local cultural heritage sensitivities. Appropriate mitigation measures, adequately considered in conjunction with local cultural heritage specialists and stakeholder groups, are a key aspect of facilitating effective project planning alongside broader social impact assessment and stakeholder engagement activities.

The Equator Principles and the International Finance Corporation environmental and social sustainability frameworks, including IFC Performance Standard 8 Cultural Heritage, provide clarity on how to identify, assess, manage and mitigate impacts to cultural heritage as part of wider investment decisions; and how to proactively incorporate cultural heritage requirements into construction and operational management plans. At the European level, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Performance Requirement 8 specifically addresses cultural heritage and identifies the requirements with respect to any investment decisions.

Drawing on previous experience within the international infrastructure investment sector and in line with all relevant standards, requirements and good practice, we adopt a risk identification and values based approach and in so doing provide commercially viable solutions, which fully consider, acknowledge and address the sensitivities around cultural heritage assets..

Royal HaskoningDHV provide successful viable solutions to manage cultural heritage conservation, which can considerably benefit project planning, capital expenditure and construction programmes.