View of the excavations and the bathhouse

The Roman bathhouse

Project: Responding to the challenges of Thameslink, London

Client: Network Rail

Status: Fieldwork complete 2011, post-excavation ongoing

In 2010 Oxford Archaeology and our partners Pre-Construct Archaeology  were appointed by Network Rail to undertake major archaeological excavations ahead of the construction of the new Thameslink rail approaches to London Bridge Station.

OA-PCA has responded to the challenges of integrating archaeology into this large complex engineering scheme by working closely with the main contractor, Skanska, to programme archaeological works into the tight construction programme. Flexible working and resourcing have been demanded in order to respond to the ever changing project timescales and our focus on health and safety has seen OA-PCA highlighted as one of the best performing contractors on this project.

Archaeological remains have been found at considerable depth, within highly confined spaces, and with challenging access and site share issues. Discoveries include important remains of a Roman bath house beneath the main road approaching London Bridge, evidence for the original Saxon defences of Southwark (the 'south work') and a large post-medieval cemetery.

Work has now begun on a major phase of post-excavation analysis leading to publication.

'Thank you for your and your teams' efforts and contribution to the success of this project'

Graeme Campbell, Senior Programme Manager (Network Rail), September 2011